Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Learn about FACT-1 Year

Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply early as the FACT 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.

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline:  November 15, 2019
Final Deadline:  February 15, 2020

Applicants are encouraged to apply early as we review applications on a rolling basis until the class is full. Applications are reviewed once they are complete with all required materials.

Application Instructions

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is filled. Students may apply with prerequisite courses in progress, although the Admissions Committee prefers to see the majority of prerequisite courses completed at the time of review, including at least 3 of the science prerequisites.

Applications will be accepted online via the TJAPP system. To be considered complete and eligible for review, your application must be complete with required transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statements, test scores (if applicable) and all supporting documents submitted in the directed manner and received by our office by the application deadline. See Application Requirements section below for further details on the materials required to complete your application.

Provide a valid email address when applying as all application status updates, requests for more information, and admission decisions will be communicated via email. Check your email regularly including spam/junk folders, and adjust your email settings to allow for email from Selected candidates will be invited to complete an interview. Decisions may include offered admission, denied admission, hold for grades, waitlist.

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Prerequisites must be completed by the time the student enrolls at 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 or 215-503-8890

Transfer Equivalency Guide

Prerequisite Worksheet [PDF]

Degree & GPA

A conferred bachelor’s degree is required before the program begins, but may be in progress at the time of application. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA to be considered.

Courses & Credits

Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab *
Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab * 4
Chemistry I w/Lab **
Microbiology w/Lab *** 4
Nutrition 3
Electives 43
Total Credits 65

If your courses were completed at a quarter-based institution, the quarter-based credits will need to be converted to semester credits. To be sure you have earned enough credits, or if you have questions about your credits, please contact the Office of Admissions.

* 8 total credits of A&P I and A&P II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology. Labs must be included.
** 4 total credits of Chemistry I, must include lab. Need not be courses required for science majors.
*** 4 credits of Microbiology, must include lab.

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 Art History 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, Business, Math, and History.

Important Notes:

  • Prerequisite coursework and your bachelor’s degree must be completed at a regionally accredited college/university.
  • Math/Science courses have a time limit (nutrition and the free electives have no time limit):
    • For 2019 enrollment: all math and science prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of enrollment at Jefferson.
    • For 2020 and beyond enrollment: all math and science prerequisite courses must be completed within 5 years of enrollment at Jefferson.
  • Prerequisite courses should be undergraduate level and must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A “C-” or below will not transfer.
  • Courses taken pass/fail or courses without a letter grade will not satisfy the prerequisites.
  • Credit earned from AP or CLEP exams cannot be used for science courses.
  • Course acceptance is subject to approval by the Office of Admissions.

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.


Submit an application to TJAPP

Choose one of the following designations:

FACT-1 Year (Center City Campus-May 2020)
FACT-1 Year/Midwifery (Center City Campus- May 2020)

FACT-1 Year (Abington-Dixon Campus)
FACT-1 Year/Midwifery (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 as instructed in TJAPP:  

PO 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.

Personal Statement/Essay

All FACT applicants will submit a personal statement/essay describing their motivation or desire to become a nurse in TJAPP via the Questions tab in the Program Materials section.

FACT/Midwifery applicants will answer additional essay questions related to Midwifery, located in 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.


FACT/Midwifery applicants are required to upload a professional resume. All other FACT applicants are encouraged to upload a resume, but it is not required.

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

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
Phone: 215-503-8890