The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is uniquely fortunate in the Philadelphia area to be a part of a university medical center and health system; setting it apart with access to exceptional facilities and resources.
PA-Dedicated Classroom & Laboratory
A 66-seat, 1,605 square foot, state-of-the-art classroom and an additional 2,935 square foot laboratory space are currently in the planning stages of development and are scheduled for completion in time for the Pre-Fall semester of 2014. Space for construction has been identified on the 6th floor of the Dorrance Hamilton Building. This classroom and lab space is dedicated for primary use by the PA program.
University Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (UCSSC)
TJU PA students will have access to the UCSSC for clinical skills instruction and patient simulation. The UCSSC consists of three (3) floors in the Dorrance Hamilton Building, built in 2007, as a state-of-the-art simulation facility.
The PA students will be instructed in anatomy by professors in the Department of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology at Jefferson Medical College. In addition to the benefits of experienced and highly-qualified instructors, the students will be completing the laboratory portion of the course in a newly-designed, 32,200 square-foot, multi-room laboratory. Six dissection rooms are each equipped with high-definition monitors and at each dissection table are computers loaded with anatomical education and reference software. With educational shifts towards teaching anatomy with simulation, computerized models and pro-section, the program is fortunate to have access to cadaver dissection resources.
The TJU PA Program has a unique niche in the Philadelphia area as it will be the only program housed within a university medical center. Students will have access to experienced clinical faculty and available supervised clinical rotation experiences within the Jefferson system and with affiliate systems/hospitals (including Main Line Health and Christiana Care Health System). Such a large system provides not only ample core rotations, but a large variety of elective options for students as well.