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Meet our PACE Students

Jefferson's Plan a College Education (PACE) students attend another college or university for two years to complete their prerequisites and liberal arts education, and then transfer into lower- and upper-division college study at Jefferson.  High school students who want to assure admission to Jefferson's occupational therapy, nursing, bioscience technologies and radiologic sciences programs can apply to the PACE program in their senior year of high school.  Learn more about the PACE Program.


nick

Nick, Traditional Pre-Licensure BSN Program | email
Pathway:
Holy Ghost Prep '09 >> Bucks County Community College '11 >> Thomas Jefferson University '13

While attending an all boys private high school, I wasn't too sure where I wanted to pursue a college career. I didn't have any traumatic medical experiences growing up, nor did anyone in my family (thank goodness), but perhaps the idea of nursing seemed "cool" to me. My mom has been a nurse forever, but that wasn't my deciding factor. A few of my advisors helped me find the information about the PACE program at TJU and the rest is history.

I really got involved in health care while I was taking my prerequisite coursework. I had some extra time on my hands and was getting bored of the barista world (I made your "triple grande caramel macchiatos")! So, I did what most logical college kids would do and took an extra class to become a certified Emergency Medical Technician. It was during this time that I started seeing different medical issues and assisting paramedics in treating these problems. My love of emergency medicine was born and I've never looked back on my decision to be a nurse!

PACE has been so great to me! I had opportunities to meet faculty and students even before I took a class at Jefferson. I feel like this almost gave me a "one-up" so to speak because I started as a junior knowing a ton of people already. The entire time I was a Jefferson PACE student, I had a Jefferson email, campus key, received invitations to various events, and was always kept in the loop. I even got to observe and fly on JeffSTAT, Jefferson's medical helicopter with a flight nurse and paramedic...TWICE!

Overall, Jefferson is the best choice I ever made. I'm being taught by some of the most intelligent nurses in the area, been given opportunities that are not seen at any other school, and receive more support on a daily basis than I ever thought was possible.