Physician Assistant Studies
As a graduate of the Jefferson School of Health Professions (JSHP) Physician Assistant program, you will be poised to create a new vision for health professions. You will be prepared to lead in health care and human services, and use your advanced expertise to translate your knowledge and skills into evidence-based, innovative medical practice.
Mission: To educate skilled, compassionate Physician Assistants dedicated to lifelong learning and prepared to provide leadership through our evolving healthcare system.
What is a Physician Assistant?
A Physician Assistant (PA) is a nationally-certified, state licensed healthcare provider who practices under the supervision of a physician. PAs provide a large range of medical and surgical services and can be found in almost every healthcare setting. Under physician supervision, PAs conduct physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, provide patient counseling, assist in the operating room and prescribe medications.
In what settings do Physician Assistants practice?
PAs can be found in physician offices, hospitals, operating rooms, long-term care facilities, emergency rooms and trauma centers. PAs practice in all areas of medicine including pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery and surgical subspecialties, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology .
The JSHP Department of Physician Assistant Studies has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The JSHP Department of Physician Assistant Studies anticipates matriculating its first class in Pre-Fall 2014, pending Accreditation - Provisional at March 2014 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its initial accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.