Thomas Jefferson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students accepted into this program option are admitted to both the undergraduate and graduate programs.  During the program’s undergraduate phase, students earn 55 credits, and an additional 9 graduate credits at JCN.  Students are scheduled for theory course content two days per week; and clinical practicum experience 24 hours per week.  This schedule allows time to integrate theoretical concepts and constructs into clinical practice.  Clinical hours may include evenings and weekends.

The Jefferson College of Nursing partners with NursingCAS, The Centralized Application Service for Nursing Schools, to collect and manage applications to our Nursing Programs. 

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Application Deadlines

Application Deadline:  The application deadline for May 2016 was February 15, 2016. The application for May 2017 will open in the summer of 2016, at which time further application instructions will be provided.

To be considered complete and eligible for review, a NursingCAS application must be complete with required letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal statement and all applicable documents (test scores, etc.) submitted in the directed manner and received by our office by the Program deadline date. 

Decisions are granted on a rolling basis throughout the cycle until the class is filled. We may contact academically eligible applicants via e-mail to schedule an interview (provided space is still available). Decisions include: Offer of Admission, Denied Admission, Hold for Grades and Waitlist.


Prerequisites must be completed by the time the student enters Thomas Jefferson University. You do not need to have your prerequisites completed before you apply, but the majority should be completed before an admissions decision can be made.  

Questions about Prerequisites can be directed to:
1-877-JEFF-2471-877-JEFF-247 FREE or 215-503-8890215-503-8890

Transfer Equivalency Guide

Degree & GPA

A conferred bachelor’s degree is required before the program begins (but may be in progress at the time of application). Undergraduate GPA and science GPA of at least 3.0 are strongly recommended but do not guarantee admission.

Courses & Credits

65 credits from specific course areas. All science courses must be completed within 10 years of enrollment 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.

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, 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.

Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab *
Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab * 4
Chemistry 1 w/Lab
Chemistry II or Biochemistry w/Lab ** 4
Microbiology w/Lab *** 4
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.

Performance Requirements/Technical Standards

Technical standards are the fundamental abilities a student needs to complete every activity his/her degree requires. These standards are determined by the competency, proficiency and/or skill standards set forth by accrediting and professional organizations appropriate to each program and apply to classroom, laboratory and clinical/fieldwork environments. Students are allowed reasonable accommodation.

Technical Standards for Jefferson College of Nursing

Application Requirements

It is extremely important that you carefully read all directions listed below to ensure successful submission of your application materials.

NursingCAS Application

Submit an application to NursingCAS.

Choose the designation: FACT - 1 year (May 2016)

Please use the NursingCAS instruction checklist (PDF). You can only apply for one program and one entry term. If you submit an application for more than one program or more than one entry term, only the first one will be processed by Jefferson. NursingCAS will not issue a refund of the application fee(s) for unprocessed applications.

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended to NursingCAS. 

Transcripts originating from academic institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated and a course-by-course evaluation performed by World Education Service or a comparable credential evaluation service.

Transcript submission instructions

Personal Statement/Essay

Submit a personal statement/essay describing your motivation or desire to become a nurse to NursingCAS via the "Questions" section.

Recommendation Letters

Submit two recommendations to NursingCAS. Request recommendations from professors, managers/supervisors, volunteer coordinators, etc. Recommendations from colleagues, classmates and/or family members will not be accepted.

Recommendation letters submission instructions

International Students

Please see our additional information for applying as an International Student.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to:

Thomas Jefferson University
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
TOEFL code = 2903

Drug, Criminal Background & Child Abuse Clearances

All students who are offered admission are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. In addition, PA students who are offered admission are required to be fingerprinted and undergo a drug test. Some clinical sites may require health professions and pharmacy students to be fingerprinted and/or undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete these requirements, as needed.

Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance and/or fingerprinting may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experiences for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the Program.

Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Thomas Jefferson University, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.

Contact Us

Jacqueline Hane
Assistant Director of Admissions

Phone: 1-877-JEFF-247 (877-533-3247) 

Sign up for an on-campus event in order to:

  • Discuss prerequisite course requirements
  • Review curriculum
  • Take a campus tour
  • Review application requirements