Bachelor of Science (BSN) Nursing Career Outlook

Your Future with the Online RN-to-BSN from Widener

The online RN-to-BSN degree program from Widener University empowers you with the flexibility to continue your nursing career while furthering your education. From the start, you'll be able to put your coursework into action.

  • 14.8% employment growth ("Very High Demand") projected for registered nursing positions by 2029
  • BSN-prepared nurses qualify for 36.4% more RN positions than ADN-prepared nurses1
  • Entry-level BSN-prepared nurses earn $13,444 more than entry-level ADN-prepared nurses2

When you graduate from this program, you'll possess the leadership skills and practical experience you need to distinguish yourself as a leader and exceptional caregiver within your organization.

Accelerate Your Path to Leadership

A traditional RN-to-BSN takes three to four years to complete. But as an RN, you can complete our program in as little as one year.

Your professional nursing experience puts you in an excellent position to put your working knowledge toward your BSN, and you will be awarded up to 33 credits based on your RN license.

That means, a year from now, you could begin advancing your nursing career with a promotion or start a new job.

Expand Your Knowledge. Elevate Your Nursing Career.

For many years, an associate degree has been sufficient to get many nursing jobs with great hospitals and other medical centers, but that is no longer the case.

Today, nurses with bachelor's degrees stand a far better chance of being hired at Magnet hospitals and hospitals that are moving toward Magnet status—which requires 80 percent of their nurses to hold at least a bachelor's degree.

When you graduate with a BSN from Widener, you'll be prepared to pursue jobs like:

Occupation Median Salary Registered Nurse $62,5913 Nurse Case Manager $70,6944 Registered Nurse Supervisor $72,6855 Clinical Nurse Manager $81,5336 Surgical Nurse $61,4757

Salaries in this field can vary depending on the type of health care facility: For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the median compensation for registered nurses was:

  • $78,390 in government health facilities
  • $73,650 in state, local, and private hospitals
  • $68,320 in ambulatory health care services
  • $63,990 in nursing and residential care facilities
  • $61,850 in state, local, and private educational services8

Tap Into a Top 10 Hiring Region for BSN Positions

From July 2018 to July 2019, 483,790 positions posted nationwide required a bachelor's of science in nursing.1

Burning Glass reports the Philadelphia metro state area—just a short drive away from Widener University—is among the top 10 in the nation for BSN job opportunities. In addition, Widener's home state of Pennsylvania is among the nation's top 10 hiring regions for BSN-educated nurses, with more than 17,000 job postings through July 2019.1

In our online RN-to-BSN program, you'll benefit from Widener's central position in this bustling job market with access to new job opportunities, employer connections, and more. Stand out with skills in nursing leadership, evidence-based practice, and research.

Graduate with a Strong Network

Our online RN-to-BSN is CCNE-accredited, so you'll be part of a network that receives a rigorously evaluated and high-quality nursing education at Widener.

Widener has also been recognized again as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence for 2013–2022, which shows your fellow nurses, your community, and your current and future employers that, with your BSN from Widener, you possess the comprehensive skills you need to give your patients world-class care and succeed and lead in a health care setting.

The Widener University Nursing Alumni also provides opportunity for networking and learning from the experience our alumni possess. Take a look at alumni testimonials to see what graduates have to say about their time at Widener and beyond.

Take Your Next Step

With your BSN from Widener, you'll be prepared to take on a leadership role and guide nursing staff development, administrative policies, and patient care standards, no matter where you're located. To learn more, call a program manager at 1-844-386-7321 or request a program brochure.


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8 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 April 12). Registered Nurses. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved July 10, 2019, from