Online RN-to-BSN Program FAQs

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Widener’s online RN-BSN program is delivered in an entirely online format, offering students the flexibility to continue working and meeting other life commitments while continuing their education. Students can enroll in the accelerated 2 semester program and complete their RN-BSN in less than one year or enroll in our traditional 3 semester program and complete their RN-BSN in one year.
Online RN-to-BSN students are expected to complete two guided projects that they arrange with partners in their own communities. These projects are part of the leadership and population health courses.

Although students are not required to come to campus for any aspect of the RN-to-BSN option, all are welcome to attend any on-campus events of interest, including career fairs, recruiting opportunities, and graduation ceremonies.
Undergraduate students are required to complete a university mandated writing sample and attain level 5 competency in order to qualify for graduation. Students may satisfy the level 5 writing requirement anytime during their program.
Our RN-to-BSN program comprises 122 total credit hours, of which 92 credits are fulfilled through a combination of previous nursing and other academic coursework. The cost of the RN-to-BSN is $478 per credit hour for each of the 30 required online credits.
Candidates for Widener University’s RN-to-BSN program must have earned an associate degree in nursing, or an RN diploma, from a regionally accredited institution, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher in all previous coursework, and hold licensure as a registered nurse in one or more U.S. states or territories.

International candidates must demonstrate a TOEFL score of at least 95.

Students are not required to submit letters of recommendation or a statement of purpose, but they must provide transcripts from all previous schools attended and a resume at the time of application.
There are no set professional requirements for admission. However, candidates must be licensed registered nurses.
The School of Nursing RN-to-BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which is the independent, Department of Education approved and accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The State Board of Nurse Examiners of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also approves our program.
Yes. Financial Aid is available for undergraduate or graduate students primarily in the form of federal loans.To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Widener University’s FAFSA code is 003313.
Widener participates in educational benefit programs offered through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Yellow Ribbon Program, and offers matching tuition assistance to eligible undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9-11 Bill benefit programs are available to qualified veterans.
Once you request information, a Program Manager will be assigned to assist you with your research and your admissions file. Upon acceptance, you will have a designated Student Services Coordinator to assist you throughout your program.
The RN-BSN program offers three sessions per year to allow you the greatest flexibility and convenience. View our full academic calendar here. Request information or contact a Program Manager for the next session date.
We review applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please call us at 844.386.7321 to talk to a Program Manager who can help you get started, or request more information.

If you have additional questions, please request more information or call 844-386-7321 to speak with a Program Manager.