Thomas Jefferson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Applying

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.

Note: We communicate with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email settings to allow mail from Jefferson.edu.

Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply early as the BSN programs are competitive and have seating capacities. Please note prerequisites can be in progress and updated transcripts can be sent to your TJAPP account at any time.

BSN Traditional Fall 2017, Day Program, Center City campus

Final Deadline: May 15th, 2017

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with interviews for selected candidates beginning in the fall. Applications submitted by the final deadline are guaranteed review until the class is filled. Applications completed after the final deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

BSN Traditional Program Fall 2017, Day Program, Abington-Dixon campus

Priority Deadline: January 15, 2017

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with interviews for selected candidates beginning in the fall. Applications submitted by the priority deadline are guaranteed review; after the priority deadline applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Final Deadline: May 15, 2017

Final day to submit an application. Applications completed after the final deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

BSN Traditional Program Fall 2017, Evening and Weekend Program, Abington-Dixon campus

Priority Deadline: January 15, 2017

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with interviews for selected candidates beginning in the fall. Applications submitted by the priority deadline are guaranteed review; after the priority deadline applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Final Deadline: 
May 15, 2017

Final day to submit an application. Applications completed after the final deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Prerequisites

Downloadable Prerequisite Guide

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 enrolling at Thomas Jefferson University. Courses must be completed at a regional 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, Physical Education or Technical courses. Coursework may include Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Foreign Languages, Science, Math, Business and History.

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.

Application

Submit an application to TJAPP

Choose one of the following designations:
BSN-Traditional Prelicensure Program (Center City Campus)
BSN-Traditional Prelicensure Program (Abington-Dixon Campus)
BSN-Traditional Prelicensure Evening/Weekend Program (Abington-Dixon Campus)


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. 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 via the Questions tab in the Program Materials section.

 

Recommendation Letters

Recommendations (evaluations) are completed electronically in the TJAPP system. You will list your recommenders’ names and email addresses, and they will be emailed instructions for completing your recommendation in the TJAPP system. Two recommendations are required and should come from professors, managers/supervisors, volunteer coordinators, etcRecommendations 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

Elizabeth MacNeill
Admissions Counselor
Elizabeth.MacNeill@Jefferson.edu
215-503-1430

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

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

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