Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) College of Nursing (JCN)

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) College of Nursing (JCN) offers accredited BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs including NP, CNS, and Nurse Anesthesia programs as well as post-graduate Certificate programs. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations CCNE Accredited COA Accredited
  • Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, CRNA, CNS, NP, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is a private, non-profit institution that was founded in 1824.

In 2017, Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University combined to create one university.

Jefferson offers fully accredited nursing degree programs from baccalaureate through doctoral levels. Since 1891, Jefferson's College of Nursing (JCN) has educated women and men as nurse clinicians, educators and researchers.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Full-time Accelerated Coursework Track - 1 Year

Students who desire to become a Registered Nurse (RN) have the option to do an accelerated coursework track if the student already holds a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing.

Full-time Accelerated Coursework Track - 2 Year

This program is an accelerated level for students who wish to complete a BSN in two years, at a full time status. After this track students can go into a Master of Science in Nursing in 15 months.

Pre-licensure Students (Traditional Track)

This program is designed for students who would like to become bachelor's prepared nurses and have no prior education or bachelor's degree in another field.

PACE – Plan A College Education Advanced Admission Program

PACE is available for high school seniors who are looking to become registered nurses. This program is for admission to Jefferson College of Nursing through PACE.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

After completing the BSN, students are eligible to progress to the graduate advanced practice degree.


  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (1-year clinical experience required)
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Community Systems Administration
  • Community Systems Administration / Family-Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner
  • Community Systems Administration / Nursing Informatics
  • Family-Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Public Health Dual Degree

This program is 4-6-years in a hybrid format, online and on site.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Students are required to have one year of neonatal clinical experience

Nursing Informatics

Graduates are eligible for the Nursing Informatics Clinical Nurse Specialist certification through the American Nurses Association. 

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Students who complete this program in its entirety have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification in this role and population.

Post-Master's Degree Certificate Programs

  • Nurse Practitioner (18-credit curriculum)
  • Nursing Informatics (18-credit curriculum)
  • Community Systems Administration (18-credit curriculum)
  • Women's Health – Gender Related Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing - The post-BSN is a program available to nurses who have completed their BSN and have a desire to join an accelerated track and earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Post-Master of Science in Nursing - The Post-MSN program is for MSN prepared nurses who would like to complete their DNP. This program is a 36-credit, 2-5 year traditional track for graduates of the MSN program. 

Entry Level Nurse Anesthesia DNP Program

This program is a 36-month, nine-semester program (92 credits). It requires full-time study and includes over 2,000 hours of clinical practice hours. Students will administer more than 600 anesthetics to patients undergoing diagnostic procedures and/or surgery.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • At least a 3.2 GPA in their BSN program from an accredited college or university
  • CV/Resume that includes at least one year experience in a critical care nursing setting (ICU/MICU/NICU, PICU, CCU/CTICU/SICU)
  • Current, unrestricted RN License

Rankings and Designations

US News & World Report (2019)

  • #15 (tie) in Regional Universities North
  • #30 in Best Value Schools
  • #5 (tie) in Most Innovative Schools
  • #101 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #77 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #96 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #100 (tie) in Nursing-Anesthesia
  • #373 in Best Global Universities

NICHE (2019)

  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #300 of 1,592
  • Best College Locations in America #313 of 1,553
  • Best Small Colleges in America #362 of 997
  • Top Private Universities in America #462 of 975
  • Best Value Colleges in America #613 of 1,590
  • Most Liberal Colleges in America #673 of 687
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #728 of 1,591
  • Best Colleges in America #758 of 1,647
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #860 of 1,542
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania #17 of 105
  • Best College Locations in Pennsylvania #20 of 107
  • Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania #36 of 79
  • Top Private Universities in Pennsylvania #40 of 73
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in Pennsylvania #42 of 111
  • Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania #44 of 44
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Pennsylvania #51 of 109
  • Best Colleges in Pennsylvania #53 of 111
  • Best Value Colleges in Pennsylvania #68 of 110
  • Best Colleges in Philadelphia Area #17 of 36
  • Best Value Colleges in Philadelphia Area #21 of 36

College Factual (2018-2019)

  • Top 15% Most Popular: Nursing
  • Top 10% Most Focused: Nursing

The Jefferson College of Nursing (JCN) is designated as a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for the period 2015-2019.


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) accredited the Entry Level Nurse Anesthesia DNP program.

Thomas Jefferson University is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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