WELCOME TO THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES PROGRAM

Philadelphia University has merged with Thomas Jefferson University on July 1, 2017. The name of the new university is Thomas Jefferson University, and the Philadelphia University campus will be referred to as Jefferson; East Falls Campus. Program location, leadership, faculty and curriculum have remained the same. All websites with the new name and logo will be operational by August 15, 2017 or sooner.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Thomas Jefferson University’s Physician Assistant Program, welcome to our website!

Physician assistants are professionals who practice medicine while under the eye of a licensed doctor. They are trained to conduct physical exams, obtain medical histories, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery and prescribe medications under the supervision of a doctor.  They help alleviate a physician’s intense work load and allow better access to patient care and follow-up.

Our program focuses on preparing PA professionals who extend and complement the capabilities of physicians in the delivery of health care in today’s rapidly changing medical environment. We are nationally recognized in rankings by U. S. News and World Report, and offer a strong academic foundation as well as a wide-range of clinical experiences.

We are proud of our reputation and we have created an excellent curriculum that integrates knowledge, skills, patient advocacy and an understanding of team-based practice.  Our graduates are not only sought after but become compassionate and competent professionals delivering high-quality, cost-effective health care in a variety of settings.

Students exploring the PA Profession at Thomas Jefferson University have two paths to completing a degree – Undergraduate Entry and Graduate Entry.  Atlantic City has one path – Graduate Entry. 

Undergraduate Entry  is for students who are preparing to complete high school or who have less than 16 hours of college credits completed.  These students will gain a B.S. in Health Sciences and an M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies in 5 years.

Graduate Entry is for students who are planning to enroll in a master’s degree program after the completion of a bachelor’s degree.  These students will earn an M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies in 25 months.

Feel free to explore our website and do not hesitate to contact us.

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