What do Nurses do?
Registered nurses (RNs) work to promote health, prevent diseases, and help patients cope with illness. They are advocates and health educators for patients, families, and communities. When providing direct patient care, they observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress; assist physicians during treatments and examinations; administer medications; and assist in convalescence and rehabilitation. Registered nurses develop and manage nursing care plans, instruct patients and their families in proper care, and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health.
Through the partnership between Saint Joseph's University and Thomas Jefferson University, students who are interested in a career in Nursing are offered three academic programs that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and provides 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 “PACE” option – Students apply to both SJU & Jefferson in their senior year of high school. 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 courses for 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 course work but take the traditional two years of Nursing training at Jefferson.
- 4 + 1 “FACT” option - 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. To qualify for this program, students should have at least a 3.2 undergraduate GPA at SJU. If a student has less than a 3.2, they will need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) and submit their scores along with the application for this accelerated program.
- 4 + 2 “Accelerated Pathway” option – This program is similar to the FACT program described above, except that it allows students to complete their Nursing training in two academic years (during the fall and spring only) at Jefferson. This option is for students who have already earned their Bachelor’s degree and who want to earn a second Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.
For detailed descriptions of each of these programs along with a list of prerequisite courses, visit the Jefferson School of Nursing website.