Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Learn about FACT-1 Year

Discover more about Jefferson’s FACT programs by watching this brief video. Take the next step towards earning a degree by learning about program options, required coursework and how to apply.

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.

FACT-1 Year May 2018, Center City campus

Final Deadline: February 15, 2018

Applicants are encouraged to apply early as the FACT program is competitive and has a seating capacity. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews for selected candidates beginning in the fall and continuing until the class is full. February 15 is the last day to submit an application. Applications are reviewed once they are complete with all required materials; applications completed after the final deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

FACT-1 Year Fall 2018, Abington-Dixon campus

Final Deadline: May 15, 2018

Applicants are encouraged to apply early as we review applications on a rolling basis until the class is full. May 15 is the last day to submit an application. Applications are reviewed once they are complete with all required materials; applications completed after the final deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Please note prerequisites can be in progress and updated transcripts can be sent to your TJAPP account at any time.

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 5 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:
1-877-JEFF-247 or 215-503-8890

Transfer Equivalency Guide

Downloadable Prerequisite Worksheet

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 bachelor’s degree GPA and at least a 3.0 cumulative science GPA to be considered. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Courses & Credits

65 credits from specific course areas. All math and science courses must be completed within 10 years of enrollment at Thomas Jefferson University, except the Electives which have no time limit. Courses must be completed at the undergraduate level and with a letter grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of “C-” or below will not be eligible for transfer. Courses taken pass/fail or courses without a letter grade will not be eligible for transfer. Prerequisite coursework and bachelor’s degree should be completed at a regionally accredited college/university, which can include courses taken online.

Acceptable elective courses are theory-based, not performance-based, coursework. For example, we will accept Introduction to Music but not Piano, and we will accept Introduction to Art but not Painting. We will not accept coursework that is remedial or review in nature, Physical Education or Technical courses. Coursework may include Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Foreign Languages, Science, Math, Business and History.

Course acceptance subject to Academic Counselor approval.

Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab *
Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab * 4
Chemistry I w/Lab
Chemistry II or Biochemistry w/Lab ** 4
Microbiology w/Lab *** 4
Nutrition 3
Electives 39

* 8 credits of A&P I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology. Labs must be included.

** 4 credits of General Chemistry II or Biochemistry accepted.

*** 4 credits of Microbiology Lecture and Lab required.

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-May 2018)
FACT-1 Year (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

Submit a personal statement/essay describing your motivation or desire to become a nurse to TJAPP via the Questions tab in the Program Materials section.

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.

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

Jacqueline Hane
Associate Director of Admissions

Phone: 1-877-JEFF-247 (877-533-3247)