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Tips for High School Guidance Counselors

This page is designed for guidance counselors assisting students with an interest in nursing. The grid below will help you to assess which Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is right for your student. Click the programs for additional information:

   

PACE (Plan a College Education)

High school seniors who are committed to a career in nursing may apply for admission to Jefferson College of Nursing through Plan A College Education (PACE), our advanced admission program. High school seniors accepted to PACE are guaranteed admission to JCN’s Traditional Prelicensure BSN program in the fall semester of their junior year of college, if they have:

  • Completed all prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university before beginning their studies at Jefferson
  • Maintained a cumulative GPA and science GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale prior to enrollment at JCN

PACE students follow the same prerequisite course guide as our Traditional Prelicensure BSN transfer students during their first two years of coursework at another institution, and receive advising from their assigned Jefferson admissions counselor during this time.

Traditional Prelicensure BSN

The Traditional Prelicensure BSN program is a transfer program for individuals with no prior nursing education and no bachelor’s degree. This program enrolls students who have completed 59 prerequisite credits at another institution.

Students who do not meet our academic requirements for the PACE program, but are interested in pursuing a career in nursing, may apply to the Traditional Prelicensure BSN program after completing two years (and 59 prerequisite courses) at another institution.

Our Ideal High School Candidate

The following criteria are evaluated during the application process:

  • 3.0 overall and science GPA strongly recommended
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • An understanding of the profession of nursing
  • A commitment to patient care
  • Evidence of leadership and service to the community

OLD SAT
MATH: Minimum of 500
READING: Minimum of 500
Minimum overall: 1000

NEW SAT
MATH: Minimum of 530
READING: Minimum of 27
Minimum Overall: 1080

ACT
Minimum of 21

Our Ideal Transfer Candidate

The following criteria are evaluated during the application process:

  • 3.0 overall and science GPA strongly recommended
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • An understanding of the profession of nursing
  • A commitment to patient care
  • Evidence of leadership and service to the community

Prerequisite Courses and Credit Guide

Downloadable Prerequisite Guide

Prerequisites must be completed by the time PACE and Traditional Prelicensure BSN students enter Thomas Jefferson University. 

PACE students follow the same prerequisite course guide as our Traditional Prelicensure BSN transfer students during their first two years of coursework at another institution, and receive advising from their assigned Jefferson admissions counselor during this time. Traditional Prelicensure BSN applicants do not need to have prerequisites completed before applying, but the majority should be completed before an admissions decision can be made (including at least 3 of the 5 science prerequisites).  

The Traditional Prelicensure BSN program enrolls students who have completed 59 prerequisite credits elsewhere. All science and math courses must be completed within 10 years of enrolling at Thomas Jefferson University. Courses must be completed at a regional accredited institution. Only grades of “C” or above will be eligible for transfer, a grade of “C-” or below will not be eligible for transfer.

Acceptable elective courses are theory-based, not performance-based, coursework. For example, we will accept Introduction to Music but not Piano, and we will accept Introduction to Art but not Painting. We will not accept coursework that is remedial or review in nature, such as Physical Education or Technical courses. Coursework may include Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Foreign Languages, Science, Math, Business and History.

Prerequisite Courses and Credit Guide
COURSE SUBJECT SEMESTER CREDIT

Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab *

4

Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab *

4

Chemistry I w/Lab

4

Chemistry II or Biochemistry w/Lab

4

Microbiology w/ Lab

4

Math **

3

Statistics

3

English Composition ***

3

English Elective †

3

General Psychology

3

Developmental/Child Psychology

3

Abnormal Psychology

3

Introduction to Sociology

3

Nutrition

3

Logic, Philosophy, Ethics, Critical Thinking ††

6

Electives †††

6

* 8 credits of A&P I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology. Labs must be included.
** College Algebra or higher accepted. 
*** Waived if exempt in lower division program. Replaced with equal number of English Elective credit.
† Composition II, Literature, or Speech Communications accepted.
†† Includes Logic, American Culture, Ethnic Studies, Ethics, Critical Thinking, or Philosophy (course cannot be history or religion-based).
††† May include Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.

Course Equivalency Guides

Thomas Jefferson University has general agreements with more than 40 partner schools. These flexible agreements allow students to begin their education at the school of their choice and take the courses they want, including the prerequisites they need for Thomas Jefferson University.

Find our Transfer Equivalency Guides here.

On-Campus Events

Thomas Jefferson University offers students several options for visiting campus as described below. Registration is through our website.

  • Campus Tours
    Take a 60- to 90-minute tour of campus with a current Thomas Jefferson University student or admissions staff member. Tour stops will include classrooms and labs, an apartment and the Jeff-IBC Wellness Center.
  • Open Houses
    Our comprehensive open house events allow potential students to learn about the specifics of their program of interest on the same day they hear about Thomas Jefferson University, the campus, financial aid and a range of other University services.
  • Information Sessions
    Join our group sessions tailored specifically to the potential student's program of interest. It is important to note that some information sessions may not offer transcript review. Please review the event information carefully for full details.
  • Transcript Workshops
    Meet with counselors in an interactive session to ask questions about admission, evaluate transcripts, discuss prerequisite course requirements and review curriculum.