Collaboration and interdisciplinary study are at the core of the Jesuit tradition and of the Saint Joseph's culture. That's why it's no surprise we have strong partnerships with other institutions of higher learning — and always looking for more.
Thomas Jefferson Partnerships
Through the partnership between Saint Joseph's University and Thomas Jefferson University, students who are interested in a career in Nursing are offered several academic programs that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and provide options for students to move directly into the Master’s degree after the BSN portion is completed.
If you take this option, you can complete a traditional four-year program at Saint Joseph's in any major, as long as you complete the necessary prerequisite Nursing courses for Jefferson. You can apply during senior year to Jefferson for a one-year (12 month) accelerated nursing program.
Students complete their Nursing courses and clinical work in one calendar year and not only earn the BSN but also earn 9 credits toward their MSN (Master's) degree, and may then choose to continue into the MSN program. To qualify for this program, you should have at least a 3.00 undergraduate GPA at SJU.
For more information on this accelerated nursing curriculum and a link to the Jefferson application for this program, click here.
Any rising senior or senior who applies to Jefferson for occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical imaging and medical lab sciences will be offered an admissions interview at Jefferson if you meet minimum qualifications:
- 3.0 GPA overall
- 3.0 Science GPA
- Completion of pre-requisite course lists (differs for each program)
- Occupational and physical therapy students must have 50 hours of shadowing experience
Through this unique program, Saint Joseph’s students who are majoring or minoring in Autism Behavioral Studies will have the opportunity to apply to the Sidney Kimmel Medical College 'Scholars Program' in the fall semester of their junior year. The following requirements must be met:
- Minimum 1350 SAT (not lower than 650 in either section) or 30 ACT scores
- 3.5 overall GPA - with no individual course grade lower than a B
- 3.5 science GPA - must have completed at least four (4) required core natural science (BIO 101 & 102, with lab, CHM 120 & 125, with lab) and a statistics course (MAT 118), with two of these having been taken in one semester
- Perform 500 or more clinical hours working directly with individuals with autism (prior to matriculation at SKMC)
Students who meet the requirements and are provisionally accepted will:
- Complete a mentored summer experience at SKMC between their junior and senior years of their undergraduate program focused on the care of individual with neurodiverse conditions to be continued while at SKMC
- Not need to take the MCAT examination to be admitted to SKMC through the Scholar Program
- Be encouraged to pursue independent research at the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support
Note: SKMC Scholars accepted into the Program are to understand that admission is provisional. Final Admission to SKMC will be predicated on successful completion of coursework, satisfaction of all Program requirements and obtaining a degree from Saint Joseph's University.
If students are not accepted into or do not complete the Scholar program, they will still have the opportunity to study for the MCATs and apply through the traditional pathway. Additional note: Scholars may defer matriculation to SKMC for up to one year.
For additional and specific details, please contact Health Professions Advising.
Saint Joseph’s University has signed an articulation agreement with the Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing that provides priority admissions consideration for Saint Joseph’s students in Villanova’s BSN Express Program. This 14-month second-degree program incorporates all of the standard components of Villanova’s nursing program in a concentrated timeframe.
A minimum of five qualified Saint Joseph’s students annually will be offered admission to this second-degree option. To qualify for admission consideration, you must earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, complete all nursing pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or higher, and apply to Villanova by October 1 of their senior year at Saint Joseph’s. You may identify your interest in this option as early as your sophomore year at SJU so that you can begin working with the Villanova nursing representatives early in the process.
Saint Joseph’s agreement with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) provides early consideration to SJU applicants to PCOM’s doctor of osteopathy program if you meet the following criteria:
- Complete pre-requisite courses
- 3.25 Overall GPA
- 3.25 Science GPA
- Minimum 504 MCAT
- Apply before October 31