Tips for High School Guidance Counselors


Name: Jefferson College of Nursing
Department: Office of Admissions
Telephone: 215-951-2800

This page is designed for guidance counselors assisting students with an interest in nursing. The grid below will help you to assess which Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is right for your student. Click the programs for additional information:


High school seniors who are committed to a career in nursing may apply for admission to Jefferson College of Nursing through Pre-Nursing, our advanced admission program. High school seniors accepted to Pre-Nursing are guaranteed admission to JCN’s Traditional BSN program in the fall semester of their junior year of college, if they have:

  • Completed all prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university before beginning their studies at Jefferson
  • Maintained a cumulative GPA and science GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale prior to enrollment at JCN

Pre-Nursing students follow the same prerequisite course guide as our Traditional BSN transfer students during their first two years of coursework at another institution, and receive advising from their assigned Jefferson admissions counselor during this time.

Traditional BSN

The Traditional BSN program is a transfer program for individuals with no prior nursing education and no bachelor’s degree. This program enrolls students who have completed 58 prerequisite credits at another institution.

Students who do not meet our academic requirements for the PACE program, but are interested in pursuing a career in nursing, may apply to the Traditional BSN program after completing two years (and 58 prerequisite courses) at another institution.

To learn more about the application requirements, please visit the Pre-Nursing webpage.

The following criteria are evaluated during the application process:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA required for consideration
  • Letter grades of A and B in prerequisite coursework 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • An understanding of the profession of nursing

Thomas Jefferson University has general agreements with more than 40 partner schools. These flexible agreements allow students to begin their education at the school of their choice and take the courses they want, including the prerequisites they need for Thomas Jefferson University.

Thomas Jefferson University offers students several options for visiting campus as described below. Registration is through our website.

  • Campus Tours
    Take a 60- to 90-minute tour of campus with a current Thomas Jefferson University student or admissions staff member. Tour stops will include classrooms and labs, an apartment and the Jeff-IBC Wellness Center.
  • Open Houses
    Our comprehensive open house events allow potential students to learn about the specifics of their program of interest on the same day they hear about Thomas Jefferson University, the campus, financial aid and a range of other University services.
  • Information Sessions
    Join our group sessions tailored specifically to the potential student's program of interest. It is important to note that some information sessions may not offer transcript review. Please review the event information carefully for full details.