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.
For this program, you apply separately to both Saint Joseph's and Jefferson in your senior year of high school. You can use the Common App or SJU App and then fill out the specific application designed for students for this track through Jefferson.
If admitted to both schools, you'll spend the first three years at Saint Joseph's, taking courses toward either a Biology or Interdisciplinary Health Services degree, along with Nursing prerequisites. Then, you can move to Jefferson for two more years to complete clinical training and professional coursework toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The first year of Jefferson courses transfer back to Saint Joseph's to give students the full complement of courses needed for the Saint Joseph’s degree. After the second year at Jefferson, students earn the BSN degree from Jefferson.
This is a total of five years for two different Bachelor's degrees. Note that in this option, students accelerate through their coursework but take the traditional two years of nursing training at Jefferson.
How to Apply
Learn more about Jefferson's admission process and to access the 3+2 application.
Questions about applying to Jefferson, program curriculum, or issues with the TJApp should be directed to Jefferson's Office of Admissions at 1-877-533-3247 or TJU.Admissions@Jefferson.edu.
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 program, Saint Joseph’s students majoring or minoring in autism behavioral studies will apply to the Sidney Kimmel Medical College Scholars program in the fall semester of their junior year. Application requirements:
- Minimum 1350 SAT or 30 ACT scores
- 3.5 overall GPA
- 3.5 science GPA
Once program requirements are completed, including 500 hours of working directly with individuals with autism, the participating scholars are admitted to Sidney Kimmel Medical College without submitting MCAT scores. If they are not accepted into or do not complete the Scholar program, they still have the opportunity to study for the MCATs and apply through the traditional pathway.
Program participants will attend a six-week, funded summer experience at Jefferson after their junior year, where they will engage in a case-based learning community while conducting a related scholarly project. In addition, students will be encouraged to pursue independent research on-site at the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support.
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