Since last February’s articulation agreement with Thomas Jefferson University College
of Nursing, which provides a pathway for Bryn Athyn College students to earn a Bachelor
of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Jefferson School of Nursing, BAC has seen a significant
increase in applicants interested in careers in the health sciences. Currently, 15
students are enrolled in the program and next year’s entering cohort will likely be
at least that number. The nursing program joins Bryn Athyn’s pre-med track to provide
health-science interested BAC students with good options for pursuing their careers.
The articulation agreement includes two program options: a Dual-Admission 2+2 Nursing
Program for high school seniors who apply to Bryn Athyn College and Jefferson College
of Nursing; and a Nursing Track 2+2 Transfer Program for students enrolled at Bryn
Athyn College who desire to apply for transfer to Jefferson’s nursing program. The
important difference between the two programs is that with the dual admission track
qualified students have a guaranteed spot in both institutions. With the transfer
program BAC students apply to TJU in their second year and are guaranteed admission
to TJU if they meet the criteria and there are available spots.
Dean Allen Bedford, who signed the agreement for BAC, credits former president Kristin
King with making nursing a strategic priority in program development, and he credits
Bryn Athyn College graduate Lauryn Wagner (‘13) with helping establish a connection
to Thomas Jefferson. After receiving her BS in biology from BAC, Wagner enrolled in
TJU’s accelerated second baccalaureate nursing program and excelled. The faculty at
Jefferson College of Nursing were impressed with Wagner’s preparation at Bryn Athyn.
Dean Beth Ann Swan of Jefferson College of Nursing told Dean Bedford that it is Bryn
Athyn’s strength in the liberal arts and spiritual mission that make it a perfect
partner with the health science programs at Thomas Jefferson University. Successful
nurses require comprehensive academic and clinical education, along with a deep sense
of calling and compassion. Bryn Athyn’s New Church liberal arts curriculum paired
with Jefferson’s clinical training partner well in preparing future nurses.