Veteran & Active Military Resources: News

Jefferson College of Health Sciences Awarded 3-Year, $1 Million Grant to Develop Baccalaureate Nursing Degree Program for Veterans

Jefferson College of Health Sciences has been awarded $1,034,749  for a three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions as part of its Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program.

The NEPQR program prepares veterans for the transition from the military to a civilian professional nursing practice role. As part of the program, Jefferson College has developed “Leaders in Healthcare: A Veteran’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (VBSN),” which will assist veterans with enrollment, progression and graduation as they earn their baccalaureate nursing degrees.

The VBSN program modifies existing nursing curricula and support services to address the unique needs of veterans. Ava Porter, D.N.P., R.N., C.N.E., Professor in the Nursing Department at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, will serve as the grant’s Principal Investigator and Project Director.

The VBSN program is being implemented at Jefferson College now.

The program builds upon initiatives already in place at Jefferson College to support veterans as they return to college and prepare for service in health careers. These initiatives include a prior learning assessment program that allows veterans to earn college credit based on specific experience they gained in the military; veteran and active military resources on the college website (; and on-campus activities for veteran and active military personnel.

Additionally, Jefferson College of Health Sciences has been designated a “Military Friendly School®” since 2013 by GI Jobs Magazine, a publication of Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. This recognition honors the top 15 percent of colleges and universities that are embracing America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences Named a 2015 Military Friendly School

Jefferson College of Health Sciences has been named a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

“Our goal is to not only welcome back and honor our veterans’ service,” said Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, “but also to help these valued members of our community find their professional paths in life. And we think the incredibly diverse and exciting world of healthcare is the perfect fit for these courageous individuals.

The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

For more information about this designation, contact Mark Lambert, Jefferson College of Health Science's Communications & College Relations, at (540) 985-9031 or