Degrees in

Document Sample
Degrees in Powered By Docstoc
                              Degrees in



Jefferson                      Difference





                                          PROGRAMS FOR RNs
 4   A RANGE OF OPTIONS                   Accelerated Pathway to MSN)

                                          (MSN, Specialty Tracks, DNP)
      Accelerated Pathway to MSN)    28   STUDENT LIFE

                                     30   APPLYING TO JEFFERSON
                                     32   TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID
A Community of Learners
As one of the nation’s first academic health centers, Thomas Jefferson University has a long history of
educating the healthcare team. Today the campus includes Jefferson School of Health Professions (consisting
of Departments of Bioscience Technologies, Couple and Family Therapy, General Studies, Occupational Therapy,
Physical Therapy and Radiologic Sciences), Jefferson School of Nursing, Jefferson School of Pharmacy, Jefferson
School of Population Health, Jefferson Medical College and Jefferson College of Graduate Studies.

Interprofessional Focus
Jefferson’s model for healthcare education is built upon a true community of professionals and scholars whose
members learn with and from one another, respect each other’s contributions and collaborate to provide the
finest care possible.

The state-of-the-art Dorrance H. Hamilton Building brings future nurses, pharmacists, physicians, therapists
and technologists into the same classrooms and simulated clinical settings. Training together using the latest
technologies in realistic environments gives students the knowledge, experience and confidence to be successful
members – and leaders – of the integrated healthcare team.

Real World Experience
Jefferson students have access to a variety of research and clinical education opportunities through the
Jefferson Health System and more than 1,800 sites locally and across the nation. The hands-on experience pays
off when it comes to making career decisions and competing in the workplace. Employers know that Jefferson
graduates have the skills to be effective members of any team.

To learn more about the Jefferson Difference, visit

                                                                                           SCHOOL OF NURSING      1
    A Distinguished
                                                              Your Gateway to an
                                                              Exceptional Career
                                                              Nurses have the responsibility and expertise to care
                                                              for the sick, encourage health and prevent disease.

                                                              A Broad Impact
                                                              Nurses are caregivers and highly educated profession-
                                                              als who contribute their knowledge and experience
                                                              throughout the healthcare system. They are clinicians,
    Jefferson School                                          administrators, researchers, consultants, entrepre-
    of Nursing                                                neurs, managers, consumer advocates, community
                                                              activists and information systems specialists. Nurses
    • combines clinical excellence, research and
                                                              with advanced education are the advanced practitio-
      technology with compassionate care
                                                              ners, educators and executives who are changing the
    • offers entry-level programs for non-nurses at           direction of healthcare.
      ASN and BSN levels, 3 for RNs, 12 MSN specialty
                                                              A Growth Industry
      areas, as well as post-master’s certificates and a
      DNP program                                             • Nurses are the largest group of healthcare
                                                                professionals in the U.S., with 2.9 million men and
    • BSN graduates consistently score among the highest        women working in hospitals, clinics and physicians’
      pass rates on the national licensure examination of       offices; patients’ homes and extended care facilities;
      all PA professional nursing programs                      industry; schools; the military; and research
    • MSN NP 2009 graduates had an overall certification        laboratories
      pass rate of 95 percent                                 • Consumers rate nurses as the most trusted and
    • DNP students and graduates publish in peer-               respected healthcare providers
      review journals and present practice inquiry            • Nursing will be one of the 10 most in-demand jobs
      projects nationally                                       in the coming years.
    • pass rates for CRNA graduates national certification
      exams are well above the national average

    • utilizes state-of-the-art clinical simulation labs in
      the Hamilton Building.

Nursing education started at Jefferson
in 1892 and has been continuous ever since.
The School of Nursing has consistently been
at the forefront of educating the region’s most
respected nurse clinicians.

                                         SCHOOL OF NURSING   3
    A Range of Options
                                Nursing Education at Jefferson

                                                         • online and evening class for MSN and DNP

                                                         • accelerated programs to the BSN, RN-BSN and MSN

                                                         • opportunity to earn graduate credits in select
                                                           undergraduate programs.

                                                         Education Through Action
                                                         As a major academic health center Jefferson offers
                                                         unique educational experiences. Students gain
                                                         real-world experience at Thomas Jefferson University
    The Jefferson School of Nursing offers
                                                         Hospital and the Jefferson Health System and at
    a continuum of professional development              more than 100 clinical sites. These outstanding
    opportunities that integrate advanced science        clinical rotations provide experience with:
    with compassionate care and hands-on
                                                         • state-of-the-art hospital care offering the latest
    learning with a challenging curriculum taught          interventions
    by expert faculty.
                                                         • advanced technological procedures and systems
                                                           in clinical settings
    Jefferson offers:
                                                         • comprehensive care for individuals and families
    • opportunities at the associate (ASN), bachelor’s
                                                           of all ages
      (BSN), master’s (MSN), postmaster’s and doctoral
      (DNP) levels                                       • community outreach in varied settings

    • a flexible range of full- and part-time program    • interprofessional healthcare delivery models
      options to suit your education, professional       • clinical simulation experiences to prepare students
      experience, work schedule and special interests      for direct patient care encounters.

    • individualized plans of study and advisement

    • credit for prior education and experience

    • day and online classes for many options

‘‘        Jefferson gave me the autonomy to tailor my
education to my specific career goals. I had several job offers
upon graduating; however, I delayed my decision until the
right opportunity arose. I waited for a specialized career as
a cardiothoracic surgery nurse practitioner which was the
perfect fit for me. My patients are in end-stage heart failure,
but I have the ability to improve their lives. My Jefferson
education and subsequent professional experiences have
opened doors and allowed me to specialize in the emerging
field of mechanical circulatory support.
          Lynne Benish, MS’00
          Ventricular Assist Device Nurse Practitioner
          Hahnemann University Hospital

                                                              SCHOOL OF NURSING   5
        Nursing students learn beside health profession,
        pharmacy and medical students in Jefferson’s
        revolutionary model for healthcare education.
        In this community of healthcare professionals and
        scholars, individuals learn with and from one another,
        embrace each other’s contributions and collaborate
        to provide the finest care possible.

At Jefferson you’ll find an area of nursing that
matches your interests and gain the practical experi-
ence to foster the professional connections that will
advance your career.

A Distinguished Faculty
Jefferson students praise the responsiveness of their
professors. The faculty’s open-door policy means
that students have access to highly credentialed
experts in the field. Students collaborate with faculty
on research and evidence-based practice projects
and apply findings to their classroom and clinical

Jefferson students learn from professionals who are:

• active in clinical practice and research

• regularly published in prestigious journals

• leaders in advocacy groups, community initiatives
  and professional organizations at the state and
  national level

• creative thinkers who bring inspiration to the
  learning environment.

                                 SCHOOL OF NURSING        7
    A Program to
     Fit Your Needs
                                                       For RNs
                                                       Three full- and part-time options:
                                                       • RN-BSN: 2 semesters online or a combination
                                                         of online and on campus instruction in this
                                                         hybrid program

                                                       • RN-BSN/MSN: complete the BSN and MSN in a
                                                         seamless, integrated curriculum in 2 years

                                                       • Accelerated Pathway to the MSN: second-degree
    For Non-Nurses                                       RNs can earn both a BSN and an MSN in 2 years.
    Four prelicensure program options:
    • Associate and Bachelor of Science in Nursing     For Graduate Students
      (ASN-BSN): offered at Geisinger Medical Center   Twelve MSN options include nurse practitioner
      in Danville, PA                                  (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS) programs and
                                                       post-master’s certificates in most options:
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN):
                                                       • Community Systems Administration
      – Traditional Prelicensure Program
                                                       • Acute Care Advanced Practice Nurse (NP and CNS)
      – Accelerated Pathway to the Master of Science
                                                       • Adult Advanced Practice Nurse (NP and CNS)
        in Nursing (MSN): second-degree non-nurses
                                                       • Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse (NP and CNS)
        complete the BSN in 2 academic years and the
        MSN in 15 months                               • Pediatric Advanced Practice Nurse (NP and CNS)
                                                       • Family Nurse Practitioner
      – Facilitated Academic Coursework Track
                                                       • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
        (FACT): second-degree non-nurses complete
                                                       • Nursing Informatics
        the BSN in 1 calendar year and the MSN in
        15 months.                                     • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
                                                       • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
                                                       • Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
                                                       • MSN/MPH in partnership with Jefferson School
                                                         of Population Health

                                                       Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) offered online.

Do you have a bachelor’s degree in any field?

       If yes then consider   •   FACT (go to page 13)
                              •   The Accelerated Pathway to the MSN for 2nd-degree students
                                  (go to page 13)

       If no then consider    •   Traditional Prelicensure BSN (go to page 12)
                              •   PACE program (for high school students – go to page 26)
                              •   ASN-BSN (go to page 10)

Registered Nurses
Do you have a BSN?
       If yes then consider   •   The Graduate Program (go to page 20)

Do you have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing?
       If yes then consider   •   The Accelerated Pathway to the MSN for 2nd-degree RN students
                                  (go to page 17)
       If no then consider    •   RN-BSN (go to page 16)
                              •   RN-BSN/MSN (go to page 16)

Do you have an MSN?
       If yes then consider   •   DNP (go to page 24)

                                                                                       SCHOOL OF NURSING   9
     Undergraduate            Prelicensure
                                                                Proven Pathways
     Your Nursing Career
                                                                to Success
     Starts Here                                                Recent Jefferson graduates
                                                                • had a 96% pass rate (BSN graduates) in 2009 on
     For students with some or no college experience,
     including those in high school.                              the nursing licensure examination – consistently
                                                                  among the highest in PA
     Prelicensure BSN
     For students with a high school diploma and 59             • earn starting salaries ranging from $50,000 to
     specific prerequisite college credits.                       $65,000 (ASN and BSN graduates)

     FACT                                                       • enjoy 95% job placement rates for graduates
                                                                  who pursue employment following graduation
     12-month accelerated program for students with
     a degree in a field other than nursing.                      (Class of 2008).

     Accelerated Pathway to the MSN
     2-year program for students with a bachelor’s              Associate – Bachelor
     degree in a field other than nursing.
                                                                of Science in Nursing

     Unique Opportunities                                       Students may enter the ASN-BSN program directly
                                                                out of high school. Students with prior college experi-
     Jefferson Nursing students
                                                                ence may be able to transfer in eligible general educa-
     • gain clinical and research experience at Jefferson’s
                                                                tion coursework.
       world-renowned hospitals and health system and
       at leading healthcare institutions                       The ASN-BSN program is offered at the Geisinger
                                                                Medical Center Campus in Danville, PA.
     • participate in the City of Philadelphia Health
       Department’s District Health Centers and immuni-         Students with or without transfer credit complete
       zation program, administering flu and pneumonia          the first two years of the program on the same
       vaccines at senior and community centers through-        schedule and are subject to the comprehensive fee
       out the city                                             structure regardless of the number of credits they take
                                                                each semester.
     • are educated in a University environment dedicated
       to advancing interprofessional education and practice.

Upon completion of the first 2 years, students receive        • high school and/or college transcripts.
the ASN degree and are eligible to write the exami-
nation for RN licensure (NCLEX). At this point
students are prepared to serve as generalists in the          Students in the ASN component enroll in a
role of caregiver in a hospital or inpatient setting.         structured curriculum that provides grounding in
Students can complete the BSN requirements on a               nursing theory and practice as well as exposure to
full- or part-time basis while employed as an RN.             general education courses that are the foundation
                                                              for nursing education. Students are then awarded
Admission Requirements                                        the ASN degree and may take the NCLEX licensing
• results of the NLN Pre-Admissions Exam                      exam. An additional 54.5 credits are needed to
  (PAX-RN) – no minimum score requirement but                 complete the BSN.
  scores of 70 or higher are considered competitive

    ASN COMPONENT                                                                BSN COMPONENT
    SEMESTER 1                CREDITS    Intro to Psychology                     Electives                        21
    Anatomy and Physiology I       4      (or elective if completed)         3   Statistics for Health Prof.       3
    Composition I                        Pharmacology III                    1   Logic, philosophy, ethics
     (or elective if completed)    3     Nursing of Children I             1.5    or critical thinking             3
    Medication Calculations        1     Clinical IV                         3   Transition to Professional
    Intro to Associate Degree            Neurology/Psychology              1.5    Nursing Education              1.5
     Nursing                       1     Clinical V                          3   Nursing Informatics               3
    Pharmacology I                 1                                             Health Assessment                 2
                                         SEMESTER 4                    CREDITS
    Acute and Chronic I            3                                             Community Health Nursing          3
    Clinical I                     5     Intro to Sociology                      Community Clinical                3
                                          (or elective if completed)        3
                                                                                 Leadership                        3
    SEMESTER 2                CREDITS    Developmental Psychology           3
                                                                                 Leadership Clinical               3
    Anatomy and Physiology II      4     Composition II                     3
                                                                                 Issues and Trends                 3
    Nutrition                            Transition to Assoc Degree
                                                                                 Nursing Research                  3
     (or elective if completed)     3     Nursing Practices                1.5
                                                                                 Role Deliniation                  3
    Pharmacology II                 1    Complex Health Problems           1.5
    Acute and Chronic II          1.5    Clinical VI                        4    CREDIT SUMMARY
    Clinical II                     3                                            Total Non-Nursing                27
                                         CREDIT SUMMARY
    Childbearing Families I       1.5                                            Total Nursing                  27.5
    Clinical III                    3    General Education           30
                                                                                 ASN degree credits               68
                                         Nursing                     38
                                                                                 BSN degree awarded            122.5
    SEMESTER 3                CREDITS    ASN degree awarded          68
    Microbiology                   3     Continue with BSN component
    Microbiology Lab               1      (full- or part-time)

                                                                                               SCHOOL OF NURSING       11
     Undergraduate Prelicensure Programs
     Bachelor of Science                                                    Traditional Prelicensure BSN
     in Nursing (BSN)                                             
                                                                            Designed for individuals with no prior nursing
     Students in the Traditional Prelicensure BSN,
                                                                            education and no bachelor’s degree, this program
     FACT and Accelerated Pathway programs are
                                                                            enrolls students who have completed their first 2 years
     prepared to serve as generalists who can provide
                                                                            of prerequisite courses (59 credits) at another institu-
     comprehensive nursing care by promoting wellness,
                                                                            tion. Students complete the program in 2 academic
     preventing disease and maintaining or restoring
                                                                            years, earning 64 undergraduate credits and a BSN
     health in a wide variety of healthcare settings.
                                                                            with a total of 123 credits.

                                                                            The program provides an educational foundation for
                                                                            professional nursing practice and graduate study in
     For detailed comprehensive course listings,                            nursing. Emphasizing the relationship between aca-
                                                                            demic and clinical experience, the program promotes
     A grade of C or better is required for each
     prerequisite course.
                                                                            continued intellectual inquiry.

        PREREQUISITES                              CURRICULUM:                                 BSN, FULL TIME
        COURSE                  CREDITS            SEMESTER 1                       CREDITS          Childbearing Families       1.5
        Anatomy and Physiology I& II1   8          Medical Calculation                         1     Clinical III                  3
        Chemistry I 2                   4          Intro to Professional Nursing               3     Research                      3
        Chem II or Biochemistry 2       4          Pathophysiology I                           2
                                                                                                     SEMESTER 3              CREDITS
        Microbiology 3                  4          Pharmacology I                              1
                                                                                                     Issues and Trends             2
        Mathematics                                Acute and Chronic I                         3
                                                                                                     Pathophysiology III           2
         (college algebra or higher)4   3          Clinical I                                  5
                                                                                                     Pharmacology III              1
        Statistics                      3          Computers in Nursing                        4
                                                                                                     Neurology/Psychology        1.5
        English Composition4            3
                                                   SEMESTER 2                       CREDITS          Clinical IV                   3
        English Elective5               3
                                                   Health Assessment                           2     Nursing of Children         1.5
        General Psychology              3
                                                   Pharmacology II                             1     Clinical V                    3
        Developmental or
         Child Psychology               3          Pathophysiology II                          2
                                                                                                     SEMESTER 4              CREDITS
        Abnormal Psychology             3          Acute and Chronic II                        1.5
                                                                                                     Trans. to Professional
        Sociology                       3          Clinical II                                 3      Nursing Practice             3
        Nutrition                       3          PREREQUISITE NOTES
                                                                                                     Community Health Nursing    1.5
                                                       HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY IS
        Selective6                      6              RECOMMENDED.                                  Clinical VI                   3
                                                       NEED NOT BE COURSES REQUIRED FOR
        Electives (Arts, Humanities,                   SCIENCE MAJORS.                               Complex Health Problems     1.5
         Social Sciences)               6          3
                                                       4 CREDITS OF MICROBIOLOGY LECTURE AND LAB
                                                                                                     Clinical VII                  4
                                                       RECOMMENDED. IF NOT AVAILABLE, 3 CREDITS
                                                       WILL BE ACCEPTED AND STUDENTS MUST TAKE
                                                       AN EXTRA ELECTIVE CREDIT.
                                                                                                     Senior Seminar                1
        TOTAL CREDITS                   59         4
                                                       REQUIREMENT IS WAIVED IF EXEMPT IN LOWER
                                                       DIVISION PROGRAM. REPLACE WITH EQUAL          CREDIT SUMMARY
                                                       NUMBER OF ELECTIVE CREDITS.
                                                       COMPOSITION II, LITERATURE, OR SPEECH
                                                                                                     Prerequisites               59
                                                       COMMUNICATION IS ACCEPTED.                    Undergraduate               64
                                                       AMERICAN CULTURE OR ETHNIC STUDIES, LOGIC,
                                                       ETHICS, PHILOSOPHY, OR CRITICAL THINKING.     BSN degree awarded         123

BSN options for Second Degree                               practice. Clinical hours may include evenings and
Non-Nurses: FACT and Accelerated                            weekends. At the end of the program the students
Pathway to the MSN                                          take the state nursing licensing exam and if success-
Students in both options are admitted to the                ful, select the specialty area in the MSN they wish to
graduate and undergraduate programs simultane-              pursue.
ously. During the undergraduate phase, students
take three graduate courses (9 credits) in lieu of          Accelerated Pathway to
undergraduate courses. The difference between the
two options is the pace of the programs and the             the MSN
length of time required to complete them. For     
admission requirements see page 30.
                                                            Designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in a
                                                            field other than nursing, this program allows students
Facilitated Academic                                        to complete a BSN and an MSN in a shortened time.
Coursework Track (FACT)                                     Students complete the undergraduate component                          in 2 academic years of full-time study and may
FACT enables highly talented students to enroll in          complete the MSN in 15 months. Students must
undergraduate study and earn the BSN degree in 1            have a baccalaureate degree and 26 specific credits
calendar year (4 quarters, 10 to 12 weeks long each)        (listed below) to start the program. Students earn 55
of full-time study. They may complete the gradu-            undergraduate credits and 36 graduate credits at JSN.
ate component in 15 months. Students must have a            Students are scheduled for theory course content 2
baccalaureate degree and 26 specific credits, as listed     days per week and clinical practicum experience 16
below, to start the program. Students earn 55 under-        hours per week to allow time to integrate theoreti-
graduate credits and 36 graduate credits at JSN.
                                                            cal concepts and constructs into clinical practice.
Students are scheduled for theory course content 2          Clinical hours may include evenings and weekends.
days per week and clinical practicum experience 24          At the end of the program students take the state
hours per week each quarter to allow time to integrate      nursing licensing exam and if successful, select the
theoretical concepts and constructs into clinical           specialty area in the MSN they wish to pursue.


   Before you can enroll in either second-degree Nursing program, the following courses are required.

   COURSE                   CREDITS           COURSE                 CREDITS        1
                                                                                        HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
                                                                                        IS RECOMMENDED.
   Anatomy and Physiology I & II1   8         Statistics                    3       2
                                                                                        NEED NOT BE COURSES REQUIRED
   Chemistry I 2                    4         Nutrition                     3           FOR SCIENCE MAJORS.
                                                                                        FOUR CREDITS OF MICROBIOLOGY
   Chem II or Biochemistry 2        4         Baccalaureate Degree         39           LECTURE AND LAB RECOMMENDED.
   Microbiology 3                   4         TOTAL CREDITS                 65
                                                                                        IF LAB IS NOT AVAILABLE, 3 CREDITS
                                                                                        WILL BE ACCEPTED AND STUDENTS
                                                                                        MUST TAKE AN EXTRA ELECTIVE CREDIT.

                                                                                                    SCHOOL OF NURSING         13
     Undergraduate Prelicensure Programs
      FACT PROGRAM CURRICULUM                                         1 CALENDAR YEAR TO BSN

      QUARTER 1                 CREDITS      QUARTER 3                    CREDITS   CREDIT SUMMARY
      Medical Calculations               1   Pathophysiology III                2   Prerequisites                  65
      Intro. to Professional Nursing     3   Pharmacology III                   1   Undergraduate                  55
      Pathophysiology I                  2   Neurology/Psychology             1.5   BSN degree awarded            120
      Pharmacology I                     1   Clinical IV                        3   Graduate                        9
      Acute and Chronic I                3   Nursing of Children              1.5   See page 13 for prerequisites.
      Clinical I                         5   Clinical V                         3
      Health Assessment                  2   Research I                         3

      QUARTER 2                 CREDITS      QUARTER 4                    CREDITS
      Pharmacology II                    1   Transition to Professional
      Pathophysiology II                 2    Nursing Practice                  3
      Acute and Chronic II             1.5   Community Health Nursing         1.5
      Clinical II                        3   Clinical VI                        3
      Childbearing Families            1.5   Complex Health Problems          1.5
      Clinical III                       3   Clinical VII                       4
      Informatics                        3   Senior Seminar                     1
                                             Epidemiology                       3

      SEMESTER 1                CREDITS      SEMESTER 3                   CREDITS   CREDIT SUMMARY
      Medical Calculations               1   Pathophysiology III               2    Prerequisites                  65
      Intro. to Professional Nursing     3   Pharmacology III                  1    Undergraduate                  55
      Pathophysiology I                  2   Neurology/Psychology             1.5   BSN degree awarded            120
      Pharmacology I                     1   Clinical IV                       3    Graduate                        9
      Acute and Chronic I                3   Nursing of Children              1.5
                                                                                    See page 13 for prerequisites.
      Clinical I                         5   Clinical V                        3
      Epidemiology                       3   Research I                        3    Seamless Transition
                                                                                    to the MSN
      SEMESTER 2                CREDITS      SEMESTER 4                   CREDITS
                                                                                    After earning the BSN, students
      Health Assessment                  2   Transition to Professional             continue with graduate courses,
      Pharmacology II                    1    Nursing Practice                 3    needing 27 additional credits to com-
      Pathophysiology II                 2   Community Health Nursing         1.5   plete their MSN in speciality areas
      Acute and Chronic II             1.5   Clinical VI                       3    other than anesthesia. Graduates
                                                                                    interested in the Nurse Anesthesia
      Clinical II                        3   Complex Health Problems          1.5
                                                                                    specialty must apply to that program.
      Childbearing Families            1.5   Clinical VII                      4    (See page 20 for more information on
      Clinical III                       3   Senior Seminar                    1    the graduate curriculum.)
      Informatics                        3

‘‘        I worked in labs for about 5 years – pharmaceutical,
biotech and a little bit in forensics. But then when I had my
daughter and interacted with nurses, I thought that maybe this
was the field for me. In nursing I can actually see the fruits of
my labor in a way I didn’t at the research bench.
During my first clinical, it was strange to go from the bench

to the bedside, but I quickly realized that getting real-life
experience is important. I learn something in class and then
during my clinical, I experience it on the floor. Later in an
exam, I can recall the treatment for a specific situation in the
hospital. It offers a complete picture.
           Stefanie Carter, APW Class of 2011

                                                         SCHOOL OF NURSING   15
      Programs for RNs

                                                            Proven Pathways
     Take Your Nursing                                      to Success
     Career Further                                         Recent Jefferson RN graduates
     RN-BSN                                                 • enjoy 100% job placement rates (for graduates
     RN-BSN/MSN                                               who pursue employment following graduation)
     For RNs with a diploma or an associate degree
     in nursing
                                                            • earn starting salaries ranging from $55,000 to
                                                              $65,000 (BSN) and $65,000 to $110,000 (MSN)
     Accelerated Pathway to the MSN
     For RNs with a degree in a field other than nursing.
                                                            • qualify to progress in organizational structures
                                                              and/or other opportunities for career advancement.

     Unique Opportunities                         
     Jefferson RN students                                  RNs with an associate degree or diploma can complete
     • enjoy flexible full- and part-time day options       the nursing major in 2 semesters full-time or on a
                                                            part-time basis. Courses are scheduled to accommo-
     • take courses online or through a combination
                                                            date working students.
       of online and on campus instruction in a
       hybrid program

     • receive credit for RN experience
     • use an approved preceptor or collaborate
                                                            RNs with an associate degree or diploma can earn both
       with faculty to identify one of their own for
                                                            the BSN and the MSN in 2 years full-time or on a part-
       clinical opportunities
                                                            time basis. The integrated curriculum enables students
     • have 7-week schedules for clinicals and              to take required undergraduate and selected graduate
       some courses                                         courses concurrently in order to earn both degrees.

     • benefit from joint admission with diploma and        Students take 1 graduate course during their under-
       associate degree level programs.                     graduate studies. After earning the BSN, students
                                                            need only 33 additional credits to complete their
                                                            MSN. See page 20 for more information on the
                                                            graduate curriculum.

Accelerated Pathway                                               • RNs with experience as a nurse leader may submit
                                                                    a portfolio for NU 440/442.
to the MSN                            Atlanticare Students
Designed for RNs with a bachelor’s degree in a field              Visit for more information.
other than nursing, this program allows students to
earn both a BSN and an MSN in 2 years full time or on             Dual-Admission Programs
a part-time basis. The integrated curriculum enables
                                                                  The dual-admission program provides a way for
students to take required undergraduate and graduate
                                                                  students to earn an associate degree at a partner
courses concurrently in order to earn both degrees.
                                                                  community college and a BSN at Jefferson in a
Students take 3 graduate courses during their under-              seamless, integrated curriculum. Students enroll in
graduate studies. After earning the BSN, students can             the partner school and apply to Jefferson after earn-
continue with graduate courses, needing only 27 addi-             ing prerequisite credits. Students must complete
tional credits to complete their MSN. See page 20 for             the associate degree and pass the NCLEX-RN exam
more information on the graduate curriculum.                      before entering Jefferson’s RN-BSN program. The
                                                                  BSN is awarded after successful completion of the
About the Coursework                                              program, in as quickly as 2 semesters.
Sample curricula for each program are outlined on                 Partner community colleges include:
the next page.                                                    • Abington Hospital Dixon School of Nursing
• All undergraduate courses are hybrid. Students may              • Atlantic Cape Community College
  choose to do the program online or as an online/                • Burlington County College
  in-class combination.
                                                                  • Community College of Philadelphia
• All graduate courses (600 level) are offered both online        • Delaware County Community College
  and on campus. Students may choose either option.               • Gloucester County College

Portfolio Option                                                  • Luzerne County Community College
                                                                  • Mercer County Community College
• RNs with experience in community health may
                                                                  • Montgomery County Community College
  submit a portfolio for NU 424/425.
                                                                  • Roxborough Hospital School of Nursing

   COURSE                            RN-BSN AND MSN          APW FOR RN
   Anatomy and Physiology I*         4                       4
   Anatomy and Physiology II*        4                       4
   Microbiology*                     4                       4
   Statistics                        3                       3
   English                           6                       0           A grade of C or better is required in
   Social sciences                   9                       0           each prerequisite course.
   Logic, philosophy, ethics or
    critical thinking                3                       0           For detailed comprehensive course listings,
   Electives                         27                      52
   TOTAL CREDITS                     60                      67          *Other natural science courses may qualify.

                                                                                                    SCHOOL OF NURSING     17
     Undergraduate Programs for RNs
      COURSE                        CREDITS    COURSE                        CREDITS
      NU 300 Transitions to BSN          1.5   NU 440 Leadership*                    3
      NU 672 Nursing Informatics          3    NU 442 Leadership Clinical*           3
      NU 323 Health Assessment            2    NU 423 Issues and Trends              3
      NU 424 Community Health Nursing*    3    NU 431 Nursing Research               3
      NU 425 Community Clinical*          3    NU 445 Role Delineation               3

                                               CREDIT SUMMARY
                                               Prerequisites                        60
                                               Professional Credit                  35
                                               Undergraduate                       27.5
                                               BSN degree awarded                 122.5   * PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE

      COURSE                        CREDITS    COURSE                        CREDITS
      NU 300 Transitions to BSN          1.5   NU 445 Role Delineation               3
      NU 323 Health Assessment            2    NU 423 Nursing Issues and Trends      3
      NU 431 Nursing Research             3    NU 672 Nursing Informatics
      NU 424 Community Health Nursing*    3    Graduate Course                       3

      NU 425 Community Clinical*          3    CREDIT SUMMARY

      NU 440 Leadership*                  3    Prerequisites                        60
                                               Professional Credit                  35
      NU 442 Leadership Clinical*         3
                                               Undergraduate                       24.5
                                               Graduate                               3   * PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE

      COURSE                        CREDITS    COURSE                        CREDITS
      NU 300 Transitions to BSN          1.5   NU 603 Nursing Research
      NU 323 Health Assessment            2    Graduate Course                       3

      NU 424 Community Health Nursing*    3    NU 625 Epidemiology
                                               Graduate Course                       3
      NU 425 Community Clinical*          3
                                               CREDIT SUMMARY
      NU 440 Leadership*                  3    Prerequisites                        67
      NU 442 Leadership Clinical*         3    Professional Credit                  35
      NU 445 Role Delineation             3    Undergraduate                       18.5
      NU 672 Nursing Informatics               BSN Degree Awarded                 120.5
      Graduate Course                     3    Graduate                               9   * PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE
                                                                                          * PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE

Nurse anesthetists administer approximately
65% of all anesthetics given to patients each
year in the United States. Jefferson’s CRNA
program prepares nurses to provide anesthesia
care to patients undergoing surgical and
obstetrical procedures and to provide pain relief
in a variety of healthcare settings.

                                           SCHOOL OF NURSING   19
     Graduate Programs
                                               Advance Your Career

                                                           Unique Opportunities
     Choose Your                                           Jefferson Nursing graduate students
     Specialty                                             • enjoy flexible full- and part-time evening options
     •   Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)                            for all programs

     •   Community Systems                                 • take online or in-class courses
         Administration                                    • gain 16 hours of clinical experience a week in each
     •   Family Nurse Practitioner                           clinical course
     •   Acute Care Advanced                               • access a large number of resources at Scott
         Practice Nurse                                      Memorial Library, including online journals,
     •   Adult Advanced Practice Nurse                       textbooks, multimedia and clinical databases
     •   Oncology Advanced                                 • conduct research with faculty, Jefferson Hospital
         Practice Nurse                                      clinicians and program colleagues.
     •   Pediatric Advanced Practice Nurse
     •   Neonatal Nurse Practitioner                       Proven Pathways
     •   Nursing Informatics                               to Success
     •   Women’s Health Nurse                              Recent Jefferson MSN graduates
                                                           • had a 95 percent pass rate on national
     •   Gerontology Nurse Practitioner                      certification exams
     •   MSN/MPH in partnership                            • enjoy 100 percent job placement rates (those who
         with Jefferson School of                            pursue employment following graduation)
         Population Health
                                                           • earn starting salaries ranging from $65,000
     Within most of these specialty areas, nurse
                                                             to $100,000.
     practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS)
     and post-master’s certificate tracks are available.

     For details about each specialty, visit               Become a Leader
                                                           in Nursing
                                                           The Graduate Nursing Program exemplifies the
                                                           tradition of excellence in nursing education, practice
                                                           and research at Thomas Jefferson University. Jefferson
                                                           nurses are educated in the art and science of nursing
20       JEFFERSON
to implement their skills and knowledge in a variety              American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
of professional roles and foster the continuing devel-
                                                                  Post-Master’s Certification
opment of nursing science. An MSN prepares nurses
to be advanced practitioners at the forefront of
                                                                  in Nursing Education
healthcare, serving as clinical nurse specialists, nurse          Four 3-credit classes, in addition to the 36 MSN credits:
practitioners, nurse informaticists, nurse administra-            • Curriculum in Nursing Education
tors, nurse educators, nurse researchers and nurse                • Evaluation Measures
anesthetists.                                                     • Role of the Nurse Educator
A Challenging Program                                             • Teaching Strategies
Jefferson’s outstanding faculty assists students in
identifying professional goals, and the challenging               CRNA Program
curriculum provides the educational framework to                  Jefferson’s Nurse Anesthesia program prepares
meet these goals.                                                 nurses to provide anesthesia care during surgical and
                                                                  obstetrical procedures and to provide pain relief in
The 36-credit NP and CNS curricula consist of core,
                                                                  hospitals of all sizes, outpatient clinics and physi-
support and specialty courses. The 74-credit CRNA
                                                                  cians’ offices. The CRNA program begins in January
specialty shares the same core classes and has sepa-
                                                                  of each year. The 74-credit, 30-month full-time cur-
rate support and specialty classes, required by the
                                                                  riculum is based on 3 cores:

   FIRST YEAR                    CREDITS   Advanced Principles                       THIRD YEAR                      CREDITS
   Spring semester 1                        Anesthesia Simulation Lab II      1      Spring semester 3
   Basic Principles Anesthesia       3     Epidemiology for                          Research for APN II                   3
   Basic Principles Anesthesia Lab 1        Health Professions                3      Clinical Correlation Conference 3
   Pharmacokinetics                  3     Clinical Practice II               3      Clinical Practice VI                  3
   Chemistry and Physics                   SECOND YEAR                  CREDITS      Summer semester 3
    for Anesthesia                   2                                               Clinical Practice VII                 3
                                           Spring semester 2
   Orientation to Clinical Prac.   NC      Role of AP Nurse                   3      CREDIT SUMMARY
   Summer semester 1                       Pathologic Aspects of Disease I    3      Total Graduate Credits               74
   Adv. Pharmacotherapeutics         3
                                           Clinical Practice III            3
   Physiology for AP Nursing         3     Summer semester 2
   Advanced Principles                     Pathologic Aspects of Disease II 3
    Anesthesia I                     3
                                           Informatics                        3      FOR DETAILED PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS,
   Advanced Principles                                                               COMPREHENSIVE COURSE LISTINGS AND COM-
                                           Clinical Practice IV               3
    Anesthesia Simulation Lab I      1                                               PLETE CURRICULUM PLANS, VISIT JEFFERSON
                                           Fall semester 2                           NURSING AT WWW.JEFFERSON.EDU/NURSING/
   Clinical Practice I               3                                               MSN.CFM.
                                           Health Policy                      3
   Fall semester 1                                                                   FOR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS GO
                                           Clinical Practice V                3
   Advanced Principles                                                               TO PAGES 22-23.

    Anesthesia II                    3     Research for APN I                 3
                                           Senior Seminar                     3

                                                                                                        SCHOOL OF NURSING      21
     Graduate Programs
     • nursing, including a research component                  • Online study options for all MSN core, support
     • anesthesia                                                 and clinical courses.
     • clinical

     Students may be able to transfer in eligible coursework.
                                                                Admission Requirements
     Students with transfer credits and/or who have completed   for All MSN Students
     master’s core courses complete the program on the same     • RN licensure
     schedule as those starting with no credits. Tuition is
                                                                • BSN, MSN or Nurse Doctorate (ND) from
     charged and financial assistance is awarded based on the
                                                                  an accredited school
     actual number of credits a student takes each semester.
                                                                • minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
     Nurse Practitioner (NP)                                    • resume
     and Clinical Nurse Specialist                              • introductory course in elementary statistics
     (CNS) MSN Program                                            and nursing research

     Most graduate students in nursing are working              • computer literacy, Microsoft Office skills
     professionals with busy lives and multiple roles.          • a course in basic physical assessment skills
     That’s why our NP and CNS tracks offer:                      (If integrated in the undergraduate course of study,
     • Part-time study, designed for the working nurse,           evidence must be submitted for evaluation.)
       allows students to take a maximum of 5 years to          • two references: one professional, one academic
       complete the MSN.                                        • an essay addressing professional goals
     • Full-time study, allowing students to earn the MSN       • current CPR certification
       in 15 months (beginning with the summer semester).
                                                                • competitive performance on the GRE or MAT if

       1. CORE CURRICULUM                    2. SUPPORT CURRICULUM                  3. SPECIALTY CURRICULUM

       Students in each of the MSN           Students in the NP and CNS             To complete the degree, students
       programs take 18 credits of core      programs select a specialty area       take 3 clinical courses (9 credits) in
       courses:                              and take 9 credits of science-         their specialty area.
       COURSE                 CREDITS        based courses that are specific
       Health Policy                 3       to the specialty. Examples for
       Research I                    3       NP specialties:
       Research II                   3       • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
       Role of the AP Nurse          3
                                             • Pathologic Aspects of Disease
       Epidemiology                  3
       Informatics                   3       • Comprehensive Assessment
                                               for Advanced Nursing Practice
       TOTAL CORE CREDITS            18

the cumulative GPA from the BSN is less than 3.2.                      CRNA applicants also need:
Applicants whose undergraduate GPA is 3.2 or
                                                                       • current ACLS, PALS certification
below must present evidence of one of the following:
                                                                       • a resume that demonstrates a minimum of 1 year
– competitive scores on the GRE, GRE Writing
                                                                         experience in a critical care nursing setting
  Examination or MAT or
                                                                       • an interview with the CRNA admissions committee.
– a grade of B or better in two core graduate nursing
  courses taken at Jefferson as a non-degree student.

PEDIATRICS                                                                                      COMMUNITY SYSTEMS
WOMEN’S HEALTH                                 NURSING INFORMATICS                              ADMINISTRATION
SUMMER                       CREDITS           SUMMER                       CREDITS             FALL                          CREDITS
Path. Aspects of Disease or                    Healthcare Economics and                         Research I                               3
 Pathophysiology of                              Financial Management or                        Strategic Management                     3
 Human Diseases                      3           Fiscal Management                   3          Epidemiology                             3
Advanced Pharmacology                3         Informatics                           3          Community Systems
Comprehensive Assessment***          3                                                            Administration I                       3
                                               FALL                         CREDITS
FALL                         CREDITS           Epidemiology                          3          SPRING                        CREDITS
Epidemiology                         3         Research I                            3          Research II                              3
Research I                           3         Nursing Informatics                              Role of AP Nurse                         3
Clinical Course I                    3           Clinical Course I                   3          Informatics                              3
SPRING                       CREDITS           Nursing Informatics Project                      Community Systems
Role of Advanced                                 Management                          3            Administration II                      3
 Practice Nurse                      3         SPRING                       CREDITS
                                                                                                SUMMER                        CREDITS
Research II                          3         Research II                           3          Health Policy                            3
Clinical Course I                    3         Role of AP Nurse                      3          Community Systems
                                               Healthcare Informatics                3            Administration III                     3
SUMMER                       CREDITS
Clinical Course III                  3         Nursing Informatics                              Fiscal Management                        3
                                                 Clinical Course II                  3          Elective                                 3
Health Policy                        3
Informatics                          3         SUMMER                       CREDITS             MSN DEGREE AWARDED                       36
MSN DEGREE AWARDED                   36        Health Policy                         3
                                               Clinical Course III                   3
                                               MSN DEGREE AWARDED                    36

                                                                                                                  SCHOOL OF NURSING           23
     Graduate Programs
     Doctor of Nursing Practice                                  Throughout their studies, DNP students complete 3
                                                                 practica that comprise the doctoral project and provide
     (DNP)                                                       the opportunity for application of knowledge gained in
     The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice          all the courses.
     doctorate designed to prepare professional nurses for
                                                                 Admission Requirements for all
     scholarly practice as clinical and health systems experts
                                                                 DNP students
     who will lead and inspire healthcare improvement and
                                                                 • cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in a program
     reform. Jefferson’s DNP program provides a rigorous
                                                                   resulting in the award of master’s degree in nurs-
     36-credit post-MSN curriculum focused on leadership,
                                                                   ing from an accredited college or university. Note:
     systems thinking, reflective practice, health policy,
                                                                   For GPA of less than 3.2, submit official Graduate
     implementation science and evidence-based clinical
                                                                   Record Examination (GRE) scores (Verbal,
     practice. The program is designed for the working
                                                                   Quantitative and Analytical Writing)
     healthcare professional, so all coursework is completed
     online. Coursework can be completed on a full-time          • official transcripts for all undergraduate and
     or part-time plan of study allowing students to take a        graduate study
     maximum of 5 years to complete the DNP.                     • three recent professional references including
     Advanced nursing practice (APN) is broadly defined            narrative letter and attribute form
     by American Association of Colleges of Nursing              • essay (not more than 1,000 words) outlining career
     (AACN) in 2004 as “any form of nursing intervention           goals, educational goals and objectives, and area of
     that influences healthcare outcomes for individuals           interest in pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice
     or populations, including the direct care of individual
                                                                 • portfolio – hard copy examples of scholarly work
     patients, management of care for individuals and
     populations, administration of nursing and healthcare       • copy of current RN license, CRNP license (if
     organizations and the development and implementa-             applicable) and specialty certification (if applicable)
     tion of health policy.”
                                                                 • letter from MSN college or university verifying the
     DNP graduates are prepared to lead and practice at the        number of clinical hours completed
     most advanced level of nursing.
                                                                 • copy of current CPR certification
     • Graduates prepared for an APN role focus                  • copy of curriculum vitae
       their practice on direct care and management of
       individuals and families.                                 • completed application

     • Graduates in administrative, healthcare policy,           • after applications are received and reviewed,
       informatics and population-based specialties focus          selected applicants will be invited to interview with
       their practice on aggregates: populations, systems          School of Nursing faculty for final selection.
       (including information systems), organizations
       and state or national policies.

A DNP from Jefferson prepares nurses to lead and practice at the most advanced level of nursing.

COURSE                       CREDITS   COURSE                        CREDITS   COURSE                     CREDITS

Scientific Underpinnings          3    Organizational Change                   Current Issues in Health
Practice Inquiry                  3    and Systems Thinking               3     and Social Policy              3

Quality and Patient Safety        3    Leadership and Inter-                   Practicum #1                    3
                                        professional Collaboration        3    Practicum #2                    3
Methods for Evidence-
Based Practice                    3    Clinical Prevention and                 Practicum #3                    3
                                        Population Health                 3
Advanced Topics in
 Health Informatics               3                                            TOTAL CREDITS FOR DNP           36

                                                                                               SCHOOL OF NURSING    25
     Helpful Tips
                      For Entering the Nursing Career

                                                    Plan a College Education (PACE) provides a
                                                    seamless transition from high school to lower-
                                                    division and upper-division college study. High
                                                    school seniors accepted to PACE are guaranteed
                                                    admission to JSN’s Prelicensure BSN program
                                                    in their junior year if they have completed the
                                                    required prerequisite courses and maintained a
                                                    3.0 GPA. Throughout the freshman and sophomore
     Jefferson’s BSN program is upper-              years of college, a nursing faculty member and
     division, which means students come            admissions counselor work with PACE students
     to us with two years of college credits.       and monitor their progress, easing their
                                                    transition with workshops and special programs.
     Through the PACE program, high school
     students can plan ahead to attend Jefferson
     in their junior year. Scholarships help some
                                                    During the past 4 years, PA Higher Education
     students achieve their goals.
                                                    Foundation and Independence Blue Cross have
                                                    offered scholarships for nursing students for the
                                                    purpose of increasing the nursing workforce and
                                                    increasing the number of nurse educators.
                                                    For information about scholarships offered by
                                                    JSN, visit Jefferson Nursing at

‘‘     I came back to Jefferson for my DNP because of

the faculty and quality of education. For my doctoral project
I compared the effect of clinical research networks to
stand-alone sites in Emergency Medicine. That experience
put me at the top level of gathering evidence and
disseminating research in clinical practice.
           Andrew Storer, MSN’06, DNP’08
           Emergency Department Nurse Practitioner
           Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

                                                          SCHOOL OF NURSING   27
     Student Life
                     Whether on campus or the bustling streets of Center City,
                     there is always something happening at Jefferson.

                                                            Library and Learning Resources Center
                                                            • 215,000 volumes in the life sciences,
                                                              clinical medicine and patient education and
                                                              inter-library loan

                                                            • specialized databases, more than 4,800
                                                              electronic journals in the sciences and 408
                                                              electronic books

                                                            • 24-hour access to the Library Café, with

     On Campus                                                comfortable seating, computers and wireless
                                                              network access
                                                            • access to videos, models and other non-print
     The Department of Housing and Residence Life
     provides a “home away from home.” First-year
     students are guaranteed on campus housing.             Activities Office
     Take a virtual tour at      • social, cultural and recreational programs
                                                              on campus
     Student Perks                                          • discounts to professional sporting events,
     Jefferson Medical and Health Science                     amusement parks, museums, performing arts
     Bookstore and Commuter Services                          and cultural attractions
     Receive a 10 percent discount on textbooks as          • more than 100 student organizations, from
     well as discounts on public transit.                     the African-American Student Society to the
                                                              Water Polo Club. Check out
     Jefferson/Independence Blue Cross
     Wellness Center                                          activities/activities_guide.
     Dip your toes in the pool, enjoy state-of-the-art
                                                            Community Service
     cardio and weight training rooms or join an
                                                            Make a difference with one of Jefferson’s commu-
     intramural sports team. Membership is free for full-
                                                            nity service organizations. Some students earn work
     time students. Take dance classes, learn scuba,
                                                            study dollars while serving their community.
     get a massage and more for small fees.

America’s Next Great City
Jefferson is within walking distance of the city’s historical sites, including
Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center.
Are you a patron of the arts? Our campus is in the heart of the theater district and
just a short cab ride from the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art. Catch a game
at one of Philadelphia’s sports venues, including Citizens Bank Park, home of the
2008 World Champion Phillies. The sports district is located on the Broad Street
Line, which is easily accessible to students.

Philadelphia is exploding with flavors from around the world. Try one of West
Philadelphia’s exotic Ethiopian restaurants or head to South Philly for a world-
famous cheesesteak. If cutting edge cuisine is your passion, Philadelphia is home to
the restaurants of star chefs Stephen Starr, Bobby Flay and Marc Vetri.

                                                             SCHOOL OF NURSING         29
     Applying to
     When to Apply                                                 To be considered for a particular review period,
                                                                   all application materials must be postmarked by the
     Admission is on a rolling basis and is divided into
                                                                   indicated date. Preference is given to complete
     Admissions Review periods. Visit
                                                                   applications that meet the postmark dates; however,
     nursing/admissions/review_periods.cfm to view the
                                                                   we will accept applications as long as space is available.
     deadlines. Early application is recommended; some
                                                                   All students who meet the postmark date for the con-
     programs fill after the first or second review period.
                                                                   sideration period will have the same chance of earning
     An admission decision can fall into one of these catego-
                                                                   acceptance to their respective program regardless of
     ries: offered admission, denied admission, additional
                                                                   whether the application was received at the beginning
     coursework needed, waitlist. Admission is available for the
                                                                   or the end of the consideration period.
     Pre-fall, Fall, Spring and Summer semesters; view the list
     below to determine the admission term for your program.       You need not complete all prerequisites before you
                                                                   apply, but the majority of your science prerequisite
     This program begins ONLY in the Pre-Fall semester:
                                                                   coursework should be completed before an admis-
     • FACT                                                        sion decision can be made. All prerequisites must be
     These programs begin ONLY in the Fall semester:               completed before you enter the program. You may
     • ASN-BSN                                                     also earn credits through standardized tests, including
                                                                   CLEP. Admission is competitive, as there are a limited
     • Prelicensure BSN
                                                                   number of seats in each class.
     • Accelerated Pathway to the MSN for Non-Nurses
     • Doctor of Nursing Practice
                                                                   Apply Online
     This program begins ONLY in the Spring semester:              Visit
     • CRNA                                                        apply.cfm.
     These programs begin in BOTH the Fall and
     Spring semesters:                                             Application Requirements
     • RN-BSN                                                      for Admission*
     • RN-BSN/MSN                                                  • completed application
     • Accelerated Pathway for RNs
                                                                   • $25 application fee
     This program begins in Summer, Fall or Spring                 • official transcripts from all educational
     semesters:                                                      institutions attended
     • MSN                                                         • 2 letters of recommendation

• essay/personal statement                       • Jefferson will contact academically eligible
• prerequisite worksheet, if applicable            undergraduate applicants via e-mail to schedule a
• for ASN-BSN students: NLN Pre-Admission          required interview (provided space is still available).
  Exam (PAX) scores                              * Jefferson uses the self-managed application process. Details are
                                                   outlined in the application instructions.
• For FACT, RN-BSN/MSN, Accelerated Pathway
                                                  In addition to meeting all academic requirements, students must
  to the MSN for Nurses and Non-Nurses and        meet all performance standards for the program. Refer to the online
                                                  catalog for details,
  MSN students: GRE or MAT scores are required
                                                  Criminal background check, child abuse clearance, fingerprinting
  if the cumulative GPA from the baccalaureate    and drug testing are required for accepted students; see notice on the
  degree is less than 3.2                         inside back cover.

• TOEFL scores, if applicable

                                                                                             SCHOOL OF NURSING             31
                                                              and Fees
     Admissions Questions?                                    2010 – 2011
     Call toll-free 1-877-JEFF-247 (533-3247)
                                                              Full-time programs
     or email
                                                              • ASN-BSN: $18,300 1, 2

     TOEFL Requirements                                       • 2-year Prelicensure BSN: $29,999 2

     All international students and U.S. permanent resi-      • RN-BSN and RN-MSN: $29,999 2
     dents must demonstrate English language proficiency      • FACT: $36,999
     as one of the conditions for admission to Jefferson      • Accelerated Pathway to the MSN: $29,999 2
     School of Nursing. Jefferson School of Nursing will      • CRNA: $36,400
     accept any one of the following items to satisfy the
                                                              • Master of Science in Nursing: $920/credit
     proficiency requirement:
                                                              • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): $920/credit
     • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language
       (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and       Part-time programs
       individual section scores as follows: Writing – 21,
                                                              • ASN-BSN: Undergraduate Lower Division: $454/credit
       Speaking – 23, Reading – 21 and Listening – 22.
                                                              • RN Programs: Undergraduate Lower Division:
       Do not include the scores in the self-managed
       application envelope. Request official scores to be
       sent to Jefferson School of Nursing                    • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN and CRNA):
     • baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited
       U.S. college or university                             • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): $920/credit

     • state licensure in nursing                             Fees
     • score of 508 or higher on the Critical Reading         • Information technology fee: $365/year
       (formerly Verbal) section for the SAT for applicants   • Library fee: $260/year
       entering Jefferson School of Nursing directly from     • ASN, CRNA and full-time BSN Nursing: $200/year
       high school                                            • All part-time undergraduate Nursing: $50/semester
     • native English speaker from one of the following       Graduate nursing fees are assessed by course.
       countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand,
                                                               ASN-BSN students are charged the same tuition even if registered at less
       South Africa or United Kingdom.                        than full-time status. Please note: Per federal regulations, financial aid must
                                                              be pro-rated if registered for less than full time.
                                                                  Fall and Spring courses.
                                                              Thomas Jefferson University reserves the right to amend any regulations,
                                                              fees, conditions and courses described herein as circumstances may require
                                                              without prior notice to persons who might thereby be affected.

Financial Aid                                              Thomas Jefferson University is committed to providing
                                                           equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons
                                                           without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital
Jefferson is committed to providing a high-quality
                                                           status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age,
education at an affordable price. More than three-         disability or veteran’s status.
quarters of our students receive some form of finan-
                                                           Important Notice
cial assistance through a combination of federal, state,   All nursing students who are offered admission to Jefferson
institutional and private loans; scholarships; grants;     are required to have a criminal background check and child
                                                           abuse clearance, be fingerprinted and undergo a drug test.
and work-study programs.                                   The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate
                                                           information to complete this requirement.
The University Office of Financial Aid works closely
with students to identify resources to help meet edu-      Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal
                                                           background check, child abuse clearance and/or fingerprinting
cational costs. To ensure that your financial aid funds    may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience,
are received by the tuition due date, financial aid        rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor
applications should be completed by May 1 for fall-        conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also
                                                           deny participation in clinical experiences for other reasons,
term students and August 1 for spring-term students.       such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce
                                                           an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical
If you have questions about financial aid opportuni-       experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the
ties or the application process, please contact            curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of partici-
the University Office of Student Financial Aid:            pation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or
                                                           the inability to graduate from the program.
• 215-955-2867
•                              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.

                                                           Thomas Jefferson University is fully accredited by the Middle
                                                           States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the
                                                           baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degree nursing programs
                                                           are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
                                                           Education (CCNE).

                                                           The CRNA program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation
                                                           of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
Office of Admissions

130 South 9th St., Suite 100

Philadelphia, PA 19107




                   Cert no. SW-COC-002608

JG 10-2150 MC 10-01858

Shared By: