Frequently Asked Questions

Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University announced their official combination, effective July 1, 2017, creating a national comprehensive university. Applicants interested in Thomas Jefferson University's M.S. in Physician Assistant Program, East Falls Campus and New Jersey Campus,  for summer 2018 would enroll in and complete the existing ARC-PA accredited program.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Which institution will confer my degree? 

Thomas Jefferson University is the name that will appear on diplomas for students graduating in 2018 or later. We are exploring whether or not students who entered Philadelphia University originally will have the opportunity to choose what goes on their diplomas in 2018. Once we know this information, we will communicate that to graduating students.

2. What does the combination mean for students entering the M.S. Physician Assistant Studies Program in Pre-Fall 2018?

The newly integrated Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will continue to offer two separately accredited PA programs operating under their existing ARC-PA accreditation. The former Philadelphia University PA Program will continue to operate two campus locations, East Falls Campus and New Jersey Campus. The former Thomas Jefferson University PA program will continue to operate on the Center City, Philadelphia campus.

There is no change in the application process for each of the programs.  For students interested in applying to the new Jefferson University, East Falls Campus or New Jersey Campus, should apply, via CASPA to Philadelphia University (now Thomas Jefferson) and select the campus location(s) you are interested in applying to. Those interested in Thomas Jefferson University, Center City Campus would select that campus location.

Students accepted to and enrolled in each of these programs will complete the existing ARC-PA accredited program specific to each program.

3. How will the combination affect my didactic education? 

For the foreseeable future, the former Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University Physician Assistant Studies programs will remain separate, each continuing to deliver the curriculum outlined by the respective programs.

4. How will the combination affect my clinical education? 

For the foreseeable future, the former Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University Physician Assistant Studies programs will remain separate, each delivering the clinical rotations outlined by the respective programs. Clinical faculty from both programs are collaborating on new clinical site development to meet each program’s needs.

5. I am interested in applying to the programs at both institutions. Do I fill out applications for both schools? 

Yes, each program will maintain its own application form through CASPA under their current institution names for the 2018 CASPA cycle.

6. What is the tuition rate should I reference to understand the cost? 

The integration of our two institutions will be an eighteen month to three-year process. At this point, you will pay the tuition of the program and campus to which you are accepted.


Additional information and FAQ’s related to the Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University integration is available at www.PhilaU.edu/powered.

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