Thomas Jefferson University
Master of Science in Nursing


Note: Application requirements for the MSN (non-CRNA) are different, and require a separate process.

The Jefferson College of Nursing partners with NursingCAS, The Centralized Application Service for Nursing Schools, to collect and manage applications to our Nursing Programs. If you are applying to a program with an application deadline of December 1, 2014 or later, use NursingCAS version 3.0.

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Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: May 15
Final Deadline (if space available): September 1

To be considered complete and eligible for review, a NursingCAS application must be verified 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. 

Please note that the NursingCAS verification process can take 4-6 weeks. It is important to keep this information in mind when determining if you will meet the deadline.

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.

Degree & GPA

Applicants must have a BSN, MSN or Nurse Doctorate (ND) from an accredited school.

A 3.0 GPA is strongly recommended. Applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.2 must present evidence of one of the following:

  • Competitive scores on the GRE or MAT (test scores are valid for two years from date taken) 


  • A grade of B or better in two core graduate nursing courses taken at the Jefferson College of Nursing as a non-degree student.


Applicants must have:

  • Current RN license
  • Current CPR completion through the American Heart Association
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification

Additional required course work: 

  • Introductory BSN-level course in nursing research(grade of B or above)
  • Introductory BSN-level course in physical assessment (grade of B or above) (if integrated in the undergraduate course of study, evidence must be submitted for evaluation)
  • Introductory bachelor’s level course in elementary statistics (grade of B or above)

Volunteer/Work Experience

A resume that demonstrates a minimum of one year of experience in a critical care nursing setting (ICU/MICU/NICU, PICU, CCU/CTICU/SICU).

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.

The technical standards for an MSN include computer literacy and Microsoft Office skills.

Technical Standards for Jefferson College of Nursing

Admission 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(Select version 3.0)

Choose the designation: MSN Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) in class only Spring 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. NursingCAS will not issue a refund of the application fee(s) for unprocessed applications.

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution 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

Test Scores

Submit official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores directly to:

Thomas Jefferson University
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

GRE code = 5750
MAT code = 9910

Scores are valid for two years from date taken.

Applicants who have earned a BSN with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher are not required to report test scores. (Standard rounding rules apply, e.g. 3.15 or higher is rounded to 3.2, whereas 3.14 is not.)

Certifications & Licenses

All students must provide proof of the following:

  • CPR Certification
  • Nursing (RN) License
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification


Submit CV/Resume and complete the “Professional Experience” section of the NursingCAS application. Resume should demonstrate a minimum of one year experience in a critical care nursing setting (ICU/MICU/NICU, PICU, CCU/CTICU/SICU).

Resume submission instructions

Personal Statement/Essay

Submit a personal statement/essay describing your professional goals to NursingCAS via “Attach Designation Essay” button. (1000 word maximum.)

Statement/essay submission instructions

Recommendation Letters

Submit two current recommendations to NursingCAS. Request recommendations from one professional contact and one academic contact, meeting the following criteria:

  • Professional: must be your current nurse manager or supervisor
  • Academic: must be your professor or clinical instructor (if you have been out of school for some time you may utilize a CNS at your current place of work)
Recommendations from colleagues, co-workers, 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 nursing students who are offered admission to Jefferson are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance, be fingerprinted and undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete this requirement.

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 Jefferson, 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

Phone: 1-877-JEFF-247 (877-533-3247)