Learn about the BSN Program
Discover more about Jefferson’s BSN program. Take the next step towards earning a degree by learning about program options, required coursework and how to apply.
The two-year Traditional 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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JANUARY 15 - Priority Deadline
MAY 15 - Final Deadline
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.
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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 (215) 503-8890 or TJU.Admissions@jefferson.edu
Competitive applicants to the BSN Traditional Track typically have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and a prerequisite science GPA of 3.0 or above. The prerequisite science GPA is calculated on grades earned for Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs, Chemistry I with lab, and Microbiology with lab.
55 credits from specific course areas. All science and math courses must be completed within ten years of enrolling at Thomas Jefferson University. Courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer (can include courses taken online). A grade of “C-” or below will not be eligible for transfer.
Jefferson College of Nursing prefers that math and science pre-requisite courses are completed within five years of enrollment at Jefferson. However, coursework up to ten years will be considered.
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.
|Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab *||4|
|Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab *||4|
|Chemistry I w/Lab||4|
|Microbiology w/ Lab||4|
|English Composition ***||3|
|English Elective †||3|
|Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Logic, Philosophy, Critical Thinking ††||3|
* 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, Ethnic Studies, Ethics, Critical Thinking, or Philosophy. Does NOT include Religion.
††† May include Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences.
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.
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 one of the following designations:
BSN-Traditional Program (Center City Campus)
BSN-Traditional 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.
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, Educational Credential Evaluators, or an approved credential evaluation service.
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.
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. One recommendation is required and should come from professors, managers/supervisors, volunteer coordinators, etc. Recommendations from colleagues, classmates and/or family members will not be accepted.
Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to:
Thomas Jefferson University
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
TOEFL code = 2999
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.