The Widener MSN is a more-or-less traditional classroom program. I'm in the Phila area which has very large number of colleges and a lot of choice for nursing programs
at both the undergrad and grad levels. Drexel, Temple, LaSalle and Penn are just a few local colleges that offer graduate nursing programs in addition to Widener. All except Penn offer some form of on-line program.
Once you get your RN, your options open up. In general, none of the RN-BSN programs have clinical components (some have a very minor element that really amounts to a shadowing exercise) so you have quite a bit of choice. Though I looked into a local RN-BSN program at a state university (West Chester U) with which my CC has an articulation agreement, I chose to do an on-line program instead, most because of convenience but it actually is also a bit cheaper than WCU. I looked at a number of on-line programs - all of which were offered through traditional brick-and-mortar schools
- and narrowed things down to U Texas-Arlington and Ohio U. I went with OU because their evaluation was more favorable; they accepted all my previous work in satisfaction of the non-nursing requirements and exempted me from some courses because of my graduate degree. This left only the 12 nursing courses, each of which is 5 weeks long (though this may change in 2013 as OU switches from quarters to semesters). Right now, I can only take one course each session and at that rate, I won't be finished until early 2013. If I can double up, I can knock quite a bit of time off though and I'm looking into doing that. The cost is very reasonable - total tuition for the program is under $7,500.
You mention that the local RN-BSN program appears to be only 4 or 5 [nursing?] courses. I'm skeptical that this is truly the case - all of the programs I looked at were in the 40 - 60 credit range for just the nursing courses. Many of the RN-BSN programs also require courses that you may not take in a typical CC ADN program, which could add to that 40 - 60 credit requirement. These are typically things like micro, nutrition and statistics along with extra semesters of bio, chem, math and social sciences.
All things considered, the hardest part is getting your RN. I did mine in an evening/weekend program, which effectively prohibits any extra-curricular activity for the 2 year duration - summer included (we needed to take a nursing elective course during the summer session). If you have the luxury of not having to work full-time and going through a day program, it may be a bit easier to handle, but certainly not by much.
Good luck to you with whatever path you choose.