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. The options for SJU students include:


3+2 Prelicensure Track

Students apply separately to both SJU and Jefferson in their senior year of high school. Students can apply to Saint Joseph’s using the Common App or SJU App and to Jefferson using the specific application designed for students to this SJU-Jefferson 3+2 program. The deadline for the Jefferson application is April 15. If admitted to both schools, students spend their first three years at SJU, taking courses toward either a Biology or Interdisciplinary Health Services degree, along with Nursing prerequisites. Students then move to Jefferson for two more years to complete their clinical training and professional coursework toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The first year of Jefferson courses transfer back to SJU to give students the full complement of courses needed for the SJU degree, and students walk in graduation at SJU with the class in which they started. 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 SJU coursework but take the traditional two years of nursing training at Jefferson.

How to Apply

Students must submit two applications for admission: one to Saint Joseph's University and one to Thomas Jefferson University.

  • SJU accepts both the Common Application and SJU Application. Both applications have a section for students to indicate interest in our Nursing affiliation with Jefferson.
  • Jefferson requires all applicants to create a TJApp Account and then select the "(3+2) Saint Joseph's University + BSN Traditional Program (Fall 2022)"  Application. The priority deadline for the TJApp is January 15; the final deadline is April 15.
  • Preferred academic credentials for the 3+2 nursing option include a minimum 3.00 cumulative high school GPA, and either a 1080 SAT (minimum 500 on Math section) or 21 ACT (minimum 19 on Math section).

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


4+1 “FACT-1 Year” Track

This option allows students to complete a traditional four-year program at SJU in any major, as long as they complete the necessary prerequisite Nursing courses for Jefferson. Students then apply during their senior year at SJU 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, students 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.