Thomas Jefferson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing


The two-year traditional Prelicensure BSN option enrolls students who have completed their first two years of prerequisite work at another institution. Students complete four semesters of nursing theory and clinical course work for a total of 64 credits. The BSN Program requires a total of 123 credits.

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Application Deadlines

Application Deadline: May 15

To be considered complete and eligible for review, a TJAPP 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-247 or 215-503-8890

Transfer Equivalency Guide

Degree & GPA

3.0 overall and science GPA strongly recommended.

Courses & Credits

59 credits from specific course areas. All science courses must be completed within 10 years of applying to 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.

Course Subject 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. Does NOT include History or Religion.
††† May include Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences.

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.


Submit an application to TJAPP

Choose the designation: Traditional Prelicensure BSN Program Fall 2016

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. TJAPP will not issue a refund of the application fee(s) for unprocessed applications.

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended to TJAPP:

TJAPP Transcript Verification Department
P.O. Box 9130
Watertown, MA 02471

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.

Personal Statement/Essay

Submit a personal statement/essay describing your motivation or desire to become a nurse to TJAPP . 


Recommendation Letters

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

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

Tina Heuges
Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Phone: 1-877-JEFF-247 (877-533-3247) 
E-mail: TJU.Admissions@

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

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