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Tips for College Advisors

This page is designed for College Advisors 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 on the appropriate program below for additional information.

Will your student have a bachelor’s degree before enrolling at Jefferson?

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

The Full-time Accelerated Coursework Track (FACT) programs enroll students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and 26 specific prerequisite credits to start the program. Students are admitted to the BSN and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs simultaneously — they will earn 55 BSN credits and 9 MSN credits during the FACT program. At the end of the program, students take the national licensure examination and, if successful, they may choose to complete their MSN.

FACT–1 Year (accelerated 12-month BSN)

FACT–2 Year (two academic year BSN)

Learn more about our MSN and DNP programs.

Our Ideal Candidate

Criteria evaluated in 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 & Credit Guide: Traditional Prelicensure BSN

Downloadable Prerequisite Guide

Prerequisites must be completed by the time the student enters Thomas Jefferson University. Students 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 three of the five science prerequisites).

This program enrolls students who have completed 59 prerequisite credits elsewhere.  All math and science prerequisites courses must be completed within 10 years of enrolling at Thomas Jefferson University.  Courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of “C” or above to 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.

Course Subject Semester Credits

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.
††† May include Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prerequisite Courses & Credit Guide: FACT Programs

Downloadable Prerequisite Guide

Prerequisites must be completed by the time the student enters Thomas Jefferson University. Students 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 three of the five science prerequisites).  

This program enrolls students who have completed 26 specific credits plus a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. All math and science prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of enrolling at Thomas Jefferson University. Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of “C-” or below will not be eligible for transfer. Courses taken pass/fail are not acceptable.

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.

Course acceptance subject to academic counselor approval.

COURSE SUBJECT SEMESTER CREDITS

Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab *

4

Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab *

4

Chemistry I w/Lab

4

Chemistry II or Biochemistry w/Lab **

4

Microbiology w/Lab ***

4

Statistics

3

Nutrition

3

Electives

39

* 8 credits of A&P I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology. Labs must be included.
** 4 credits of General Chemistry II or Biochemistry accepted.
*** 4 credits of Microbiology Lecture and Lab required.

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.
Can’t make it to campus?

Watch our short online information session available on the FACT-1 Year or FACT-2 Year webpages to learn about the program options, prerequisites and application process.