A Brief History of Thomas Jefferson University
Granting of the charter to Thomas Jefferson University, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 20 May 1969. (Art/Photo Collection, C16-005)
Becoming a University
The formation of the School of Allied Health Sciences in 1966 began a move toward the integration of other health professions into the Jefferson curriculum. However, Jefferson's past already included a long association with clinical and scientific research as well as nursing.
- In 1891, Jefferson created the Jefferson Hospital Training School for Nurses.
- By 1949, Jefferson Medical College included advanced degrees in anatomy, bacteriology, immunology, etc in its curricurilum.
- Both of these activities laid the foundation for the creation of Thomas Jefferson University in 1969.
The new charter established the University and its component parts: Jefferson Medical College, the College of Allied Health Sciences (now the College of Health Professions), the College of Graduate Studies, and Jefferson Medical College Hospital.