Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Accelerated Pre-Licensure Track

Degree Awarded: 
Bachelor of Science Degree
  • To learn more about the faculty and staff of the Nursing Program, click here.
  • To see Jefferson College of Health Sciences Catalog, with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing section beginning on page 118, click here.

This track is designed for individuals with undergraduate baccalaureate degrees in other disciplines to transition into nursing.  Accelerated baccalaureate programs accomplish programmatic objectives in a shorter time by building on previous learning experiences. Instruction is intense with courses offered full-time, providing students the opportunity to earn a BSN degree at Jefferson College in 4 semesters (16 months.) Due to the full-time demands of this program, it is strongly recommended that students not work while enrolled in the nursing courses.

“Graduates of accelerated programs are prized by nurse employers who value the many layers of skill and education these graduates bring to the workplace. Employers report that these graduates are more mature, possess strong clinical skills, and are quick studies on the job.” (

The curriculum is designed to integrate academic and clinical experiences across the lifespan and in a variety of acute care and community settings. Students are prepared for entry into nursing practice and will take the NCLEX-RN examination for RN licensure following graduation. All students must complete the program of study within five years of beginning the nursing courses.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is an affiliate of Carilion Clinic, which was awarded Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). It is the highest honor a hospital can receive for quality nursing. Carilion Clinic provides excellent opportunities for a wide variety of clinical experiences throughout the nursing program.

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates:

  • NCLEX-RN 2017 first-time pass rate: 93.75%             National average 87.85%
  • NCLEX-RN 2016 first-time pass rate: 75.76%             National average 84.57%
  • NCLEX-RN 2015 first-time pass rate: 98.15%             National average 84.53%
  • NCLEX-RN 2014 first-time pass rate: 100%                National average 81.78%
Admission Requirements: 
  • The deadline for receipt of completed applications is July 1 for the Spring 2019 cohort.
  • External applicants for this program will receive priority admission over students currently matriculated in a Jefferson College Nursing program.
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher.
  • Completion of the following pre-requisite coursework:
    • 3 credit Social Sciences elective
    • 4 credit Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • 4 credit Microbiology
    • 3 credit Humanities elective
    • 3 credit English Grammar and Composition I and II
    • 3 credit Nutrition
    • 3 credit Foundations of Ethics
    • 3 credit Lifespan Development
    • 3 credit Introduction to Statistics
    • 3 credit English Literature elective    
  • Writing sample, one page or less, double-spaced, 12-font on the following topic:
    • Please describe your motivation for pursuing a BSN degree and why you want to do so at Jefferson College of Health Sciences.
  • Resume documenting previous education and work experience.
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework by the end of the semester preceding the cohort start.
  • Click here for the general information on admissions requirements.
Other Information: 
Program Highlights
  • Undergraduate baccalaureate degree required for admission
  • Builds on previous learning experiences.
  • Accomplishes programmatic objectives in a shorter time
  • Integrated classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences
  • Excellent preparation for entry into the profession of nursing
  • Graduates are eligible to take NCLEX-RN examination for RN licensure
  • Attractive financial aid options available for all students
More About the Undergraduate Nursing Programs at Jefferson

To learn more about the undergraduate Nursing programs at Jefferson College, click here.

Tau Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International

Bachelor of science in nursing and masters of science in nursing students at Jefferson College of Health Sciences have the opportunity to join the Tau Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Click here to learn more.