Thomas Jefferson University College of Nursing to Expand to New Campus

PHILADELPHIA, March 4, 2020—Thanks to a generous gift from community volunteer and philanthropist Edith R. Dixon, Thomas Jefferson University College of Nursing’s Abington-Dixon campus will be relocated to Horsham, PA and be known as the Dixon Campus in time for the fall 2020 semester. Selected to provide state-of-the-art nursing educational facilities and resources for students in the region, the new location - 300 Lakeside Drive - is one mile from the current campus and will give the program the capacity to double its enrollment over the next five years.

The new campus is aligned with best practices in designing an academic space that is future focused.  At 42,000 square feet, nearly one third of the space will be dedicated to a state-of-the-art simulation center, where both undergraduate and graduate students will engage in complex clinical scenarios that parallel, anticipate and amplify real-life situations. The new campus will also include a 200-person tiered lecture hall and three 80-seat classrooms that will support the latest innovations in academic technology.  A dedicated library, collaborative learning and study spaces, a student lounge and a central concourse will support faculty-student and student-student engagement at the highest level.  Students will also have access to a trail leading to a park, a gym conveniently located in the building next door, a cafeteria, ample parking and public transportation.

“Educating tomorrow’s nurses is at the heart of Jefferson’s mission to improve lives,” said Mark Tykocinski, MD, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Mrs. Dixon’s gift further enables us the opportunity to offer our students cutting-edge technology, more space and more options to learn in a suburban setting.”

Mrs. Dixon is a longtime supporter of Jefferson. She currently serves on Abington–Jefferson Health board, the Abington Health Foundation Women’s Board, and on the Jefferson Institutional Advancement Board. In 2016, Mrs. Dixon received an honorary doctorate from the Jefferson College of Nursing.

“The new Dixon Campus of the Jefferson College of Nursing will say as much about our commitment to develop an active, participatory academic journey for students and faculty as it does about the future we are building,” said Dr. Marie Marino, Dean of the Jefferson College of Nursing. “Our new home in Horsham, a lively extension to our Center City campus location, will innovate and transform what teaching and learning look like. The state-of-the-art campus will support student creativity and innovation at the highest level. The physical space is thoughtfully designed so that students can learn in novel formats, faculty can collaborate and brainstorm, and a spirit of excitement and curiosity can be cultivated.  We are indebted to the Dixon family for its unparalleled support across generations for nursing in our community and to Mrs. Dixon for continuing that legacy through this gift.”


About Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University is a leader in interdisciplinary, professional education. Jefferson, home of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, is a preeminent university delivering high-impact education in 160 undergraduate and graduate programs to 8,100 students in architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion and textiles, health, science and social science. The new Jefferson is re-defining the higher education value proposition with an approach that is collaborative and active; increasingly global; integrated with industry; focused on research across disciplines to foster innovation and discovery; and technology-enhanced. Student-athletes compete as the Jefferson Rams in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

Media Contact:
Gina Auddino
Media Relations Coordinator
Office: 215-503-4801
Cell: (267) 307-6353