Begin Your Studies at Arcadia, Complete Your B.S.N. at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia
Arcadia University offers a 2+2 pre-nursing program in affiliation with the Jefferson College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. The four-year traditional pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) is divided into two phases: the prerequisite phase and the professional nursing major. You complete two years of prerequisite coursework at Arcadia University in science, humanities and related disciplines that lay the foundation for your professional studies. The professional nursing major, which is done at the Jefferson College of Health Professions, consists of four semesters of nursing theory and clinical coursework.
Program of Study at Arcadia
The prerequisite courses for the 2+2 program are anatomy and physiology (two semesters), microbiology, general chemistry (two semesters), mathematics, statistics, English composition, English elective, general psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology and sociology. Two “selective” courses in American culture or ethnic studies, logic, philosophy or critical thinking and two “elective” courses in the arts, humanities or social sciences also are required.
Students must declare interest in this program as incoming first-year students. Students that declare after first semester of freshman year may be required to take additional summer courses to remain on track.
If you are placed into remedial courses (e.g. MA 095, MA 100, CH 100, EN 100) you may not be able to complete this program in two years.
You should apply to Jefferson as early as possible in the Fall of the sophomore year.
If you have not been accepted to Jefferson by the end of the Fall semester of the sophomore year you are advised to take courses leading to an academic major at Arcadia University in the discipline of your choice.
Applying to Jefferson
Jefferson College of Health Professions has rolling admission, and it is recommended that your application be received at least three (3) months prior to the term in which you desire to transfer. The final decision on any of the requirements of the application process is within the discretion of the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management of Jefferson College of Health Professions.
To apply for transfer to the Jefferson College of Health Professions you are required to submit a complete application for admission that includes the following items:
Completed application form
Official college/university transcripts from all institutions attended
Two letters of recommendation
For students whose native language is not English and who have not taken the English prerequisites at an institution in the United States, an English proficiency examination is required. A minimum score of 550 (written exam) or 210 (computerized exam) is recommended on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
International students must submit an evaluation of foreign transcripts by the World Education Service (WES) or comparable agency.
Jefferson College of Health Professions will guarantee admission to you under the following circumstances:
You must complete all prerequisite credit requirements prior to enrollment at Thomas Jefferson University.
The guarantee is extended as long as there are spaces in the entering class.
A designated Arcadia University representative must recommend you for admission.
You must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. (The Jefferson program of study requires mastery of the physical sciences, and students with at least a 3.0 GPA make the most successful transitions.)
You must have earned at least a grade of “C” (a “C-“ will not be accepted) in all transferred courses.
Students with disciplinary or criminal records are excluded from this guarantee.