A Strong Start for the Nursing Program
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.