Admissions Requirements

Jefferson College uses a modified rolling admissions process.  We begin receiving undergraduate applications in July and continue throughout the academic year.  Application review begins each fall with early action in November.  Completed applications received by November 1 will be reviewed for early admission, and early action letters will be mailed by November 15.  Regular admission review begins January 15 and continues on a rolling basis until programs are full.

The Accelerated Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Occupational Therapy Assistant, and the Physical Therapist Assistant programs use their own admissions calendars.  If you are interested in one of these programs, please refer to the Additional Program Specific Admissions Requirements section below.

Incoming undergraduate students must have completed a core of selected high school or college courses, and recent high school graduates (within the past three years) should provide SAT or ACT scores (SAT Code 5099, ACT Code 4367).

The following eight units of specific academic coursework are required for admission. A unit is defined as one year of high school study or one semester of college-level coursework. All core coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.  

Core Courses:
English 4 Units
Mathematics 2 units including Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 (or geometry)
Biology 1 unit (may substitute college-level anatomy & physiology)
Chemistry 1 unit (may substitute college-level anatomy & physiology)

Applicant Types:

  • Traditional Students are recent high school public or private high school graduates from within the past three years.
  • Home-Schooled Students have completed a secondary school education in a home-school environment that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law. If needed, the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Official Home School Transcript form can be downloaded at by clicking here.
  • Transfer Students have completed at least 12 credit hours of college coursework at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Non-Traditional Students hold a high school diploma from a date prior to the past three years.
  • Non Degree-Seeking Students seek to take one or two classes at Jefferson College of Health Sciences without applying to a degree program. The online application is the only document required for this applicant type.  

Application Procedure  

Application for admission may be made upon the completion of the junior year in high school and preferably no later than 30 days in advance of the enrollment term.   Completed applications must include:

  • The online application.
  • Official high school and/or college transcripts (from all institutions attended) or copy of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) as applicable. If the applicant holds a bachelors degree, a high school transcript is not required, unless it is needed to support the above prerequisite core coursework.
  • SAT or ACT scores if applicable.
  • Any additional program-specific requirements.  

Transfer Credits  

A student will receive credit for those courses (taken at a regionally accredited college or university) that are comparable to Jefferson College of Health Sciences courses and in which at least a “C” grade was earned. The Registrar’s Office evaluates each transcript on an individual basis, and prospective students will receive a “Transfer Credit Evaluation” from the Office of Admissions. The Registrar determines transfer courses that meet the College’s general education requirements. The director of the program to which the applicant applies will evaluate program-specific coursework. Please refer to “Transfer Credit” in the Undergraduate Information Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

Links to Important Forms

All students who need to request transcripts from their high school or any colleges attended may click on the link below to download a Transcript Request Letter that will help expedite this critical step. In addition, you'll find the link to the form you can complete if you were home schooled. 

Additional Program-Specific Requirements

Some of our professional programs have additional requirements that are beyond the scope of the basic requirements for admission to the College. The following list explains these requirements. If your intended program of study is not listed, there are no additional requirements to be met beyond the basic college admission requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services

  • Must be 18 years of age or older prior to the start of the second semester
  • Must have current Virginia EMT-Basic certification (reciprocity is available from other states) prior to the start of the second semester.
  • Must have current Virginia FF I certification (reciprocity is available from other ProBoard states) prior to the start of the fourth semester.

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management Students wishing to apply for this program must provide a resume documenting previous education and work experience. Applicants with previous college credit may be awarded advanced placement in the program.  

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Accelerated Pre-licensure BSN Track

  • The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January 15 for the Fall cohort and July 1 for the Spring 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    
  • 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.

Pre-licensure BSN Track

  • Students who have failed two prior nursing courses are not eligible for admission until after a two-year period has elapsed since the last nursing course failure.  

Post-licensure RN-BSN Track

  • Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing
  • Registered Nurse Licensure from any state or territory of the United States   

Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January 15.
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Documentation of attendance at an on-campus or online information session.  The online OTA information session may be found on the Jefferson College OTA web page at http://www.jchs.edu/degree/associate-applied-science-occupational-therapy-assistant
  • A Portfolio documenting a measure of the applicant’s work experience (both paid and unpaid), achievements, and growth.  The Portfolio must be in paper format but not enclosed in a hard binder.  Any items that applicants consider to be representative of their efforts and achievements will be accepted.
  • Following review of the above program admission requirements, selected applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview and essay to determine the final selection of members of the class.

Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

  • The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January 15.
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Documentation of attendance at an on-campus or online information session.  The online PTA information session may be found on the Jefferson College PTA web page at http://www.jchs.edu/degree/associate-applied-science-physical-therapist-assistant
  • A Portfolio documenting a measure of the applicant’s work experience (both paid and unpaid), achievements, and growth.  The Portfolio must be in paper format but not enclosed in a hard binder.  Any items that applicants consider to be representative of their efforts and achievements will be accepted.
  • Following review of the above program admission requirements, selected applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview and essay to determine the final selection of members of the class.

Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

  • Students must have completed prerequisite courses, BIO 211/211L and HLT 215 with a C or better prior to taking surgical technology (SUR) courses.

Acceptance Notification

Application processing time varies depending on completion of the application requirements.  

  • During application review, each applicant is considered individually and a decision is made to accept, deny, or refer the application  for Alternative Admissions consideration.
  • If the noted program is full, qualified applicants are placed on a wait list for future consideration. 

The Office of Admissions will notify you by mail. All accepted applicants are required to reply to offers of admission and must submit a deposit to secure a place in their program. The College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant when such denial is determined to be in the best interest of the College.

Alternate Admissions

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission may be asked to participate in additional assessment options in order to determine their potential for success.  

These applicants will receive a referral to Alternative Admissions for further consideration.

International Students

Jefferson College of Health Sciences welcomes international applications and is authorized by federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. All international students need a Form I-20 in order to obtain an F-1 student visa to study in the United States. Jefferson College of Health Sciences provides assistance in this process. International students are responsible for maintaining legal status while living in the United States.

Your completed application should include:

  • USD $250 application fee.
  • The Jefferson College of Health Sciences application.
  • Official transcripts- Secondary school transcripts must be mailed by the school official and must display the secondary school's official stamp or seal. College transcripts must be mailed to Jefferson College of Health Sciences by the college official and must display the college's official stamp or seal. The applicant also must have an evaluation of the transcripts completed by a foreign credential evaluation service and sent to Jefferson College of Health Sciences. To receive a list of recommended services, please send an email request to: admissions@jchs.edu.
  • English proficiency demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL Score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (web-based).
  • Documentation that all financial responsibilities will be met.

Recommended Computer Specifications

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