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Opening Doors to Our Next 125 Years of Nursing Education

JCN 125th Anniversary

Much has changed since the Jefferson College of Nursing opened its doors in 1891, welcoming a mere 13 students in its inaugural class. But much has stayed the same. As we celebrate JCN’s 125th anniversary, today’s Jefferson Nursing leaders remain just as committed to elevating nursing education to new heights as those who founded the “Jefferson Hospital Training School for Nurses” so many years ago.

This enduring commitment shines through in many ways, from JCN’s recent designation as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence to our pending expansion to the Abington-Dixon campus in Willow Grove to the unveiling of the brand-new baccalaureate curriculum. Jefferson now has nearly 1,000 nursing students spread among 20 different programs that are producing the finest caregivers in the world.

If you are a Jefferson Nursing graduate, you are part of our distinguished 125-year history, and I invite you to help us commemorate this milestone. One of the ways you can participate is by joining us for our 125th Anniversary Alumni Gala on Saturday, November 5, on Jefferson’s campus. The event will recognize our nursing achievements decade by decade while giving alumni the chance to remember, reconnect and relive their Jefferson experiences. To learn more, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 215-955-7750 or

Even if you are unable to make it to Philadelphia for the gala, we would love for you to share your personal and professional story through our ongoing oral history project, through which we are capturing the breadth of expertise our nursing graduates have developed and the wide variety of paths they have taken. To access oral histories that have already been submitted, visit Then, to submit your own, contact Kelsey Duinkerken at 215-503-3123 or

And last—but certainly not least—I hope you will consider supporting the Jefferson College of Nursing 125th Anniversary of Nursing Education Scholarship Fund. Alumni contributions of any size will collectively change the lives of aspiring nurses, making it possible for them to enroll at Jefferson and receive the same world-class education you did. And better yet, a special matching opportunity will make your gift go even further. Contributions to the Anniversary Fund will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact, until we reach $125,000 in donations for a total scholarship of $250,000. This opportunity makes now the right time to give.

There are countless reasons I am proud to be a member of the Jefferson community—and our extraordinary history of nursing leadership stands out among them. Thank you for being a part of the Jefferson College of Nursing’s distinct legacy and for helping us celebrate 125 years of nursing excellence.

Elizabeth A. Dale, EdD, MPA
Executive Vice President and
Chief Advancement Officer
Office of Institutional Advancement