Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Physician Assistant Studies - Center City Campus

Applying

Our department partners with CASPA, the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants, to collect and manage applications to the MS Physician Assistant Studies (Center City Campus) program.

Note: We communicate with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email settings to allow mail from Jefferson.edu.

Jefferson University
Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University Integration

On September 9, 2016, leadership from Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University signed an agreement approved by both Boards of Trustees to combine the two institutions.  On July 1, 2017, the integration was made official with the announcement of the combined institution, Jefferson University.

Applicants who are interested in the learning more about the integrated University can do so by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

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Application Deadlines

Application Deadline: October 1

To be considered complete and eligible for review, a CASPA application must be verified with required letters of recommendation, transcripts, and personal statement and all applicable documents (test scores, etc.) must be submitted in the directed manner and received by our Admissions office by the Program deadline date. We will send you the Thomas Jefferson University Supplemental Application by email after our office downloads your CASPA application. 

Please note that the CASPA verification process can take 4-6 weeks. It is important to keep this information in mind when determining if you will meet the deadline.

Decisions are granted on a rolling basis throughout the cycle until the class is filled. We may contact academically eligible applicants via e-mail to schedule an interview (provided space is still available). Decisions include: Offer of Admission, Denied Admission, Hold for Grades and Waitlist.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution by the time the student enters the Program. You do not need to have your prerequisites completed before you apply, but the majority should be completed before an admissions decision can be made. Prerequisite courses for the program are measured on the semester credit scale; courses taken on the quarter credit scale will be converted to meet the requirements. 

Printable Prerequisite Course Worksheet

Degree & GPA

Students must complete their Bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited institution before the start date of the program. An overall minimum GPA of a 3.0 and a minimum science GPA of a 3.0 are required.

Courses & Credits

34 semester credits from specific course areas. All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution and within 10 years of applying to Thomas Jefferson University. Courses should be taken in an on-campus format. Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of “C-“ or below will not be eligible for transfer. Admission to the program is highly competitive; therefore, courses are encouraged to be completed with grades of “B” or better. Course credits are calculated on a semester scale; if courses are taken on a quarter scale, the credit amounts will be converted to the semester credit scale. 

Course Subject Credits
Biology with Lab*
8
Chemistry with Lab** 8
Anatomy with Lab*** 4
Physiology with Lab*** 4
Microbiology with Lab 4
Statistics 3
Psychology 3

* Acceptable Biology courses include General Biology I and II, Cell Biology, Genetics, Organismal Biology, Developmental Biology

** Acceptable Chemistry courses include General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, and Physical Chemistry I and II

*** Courses must be human-based Anatomy and Physiology courses

In order for a course to fulfill a prerequisite requirement, it must total in the correct semester credit amounts (as noted in the above grid), be completed in an on-campus format, and contain laboratories where specified.
 

Additional recommended coursework:

  • Medical terminology, genetics, biochemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and introduction to pharmacology courses

Performance Requirements/Technical Standards

Technical standards are the fundamental abilities a student needs to complete every activity his/her degree requires. These standards are determined by the competency, proficiency and/or skill standards set forth by accrediting and professional organizations appropriate to each program and apply to classroom, laboratory and clinical/fieldwork environments. Students are allowed reasonable accommodation.

Technical Standards of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies (PDF).

Application Requirements

See below for instructions on how and where to submit your application materials.
 

CASPA Application

Complete an online application for admission through CASPA. Pay attention to the instructions for application and requirements.

Application Fee

Submit the $25 application fee with the supplemental application we will send you after receiving your verified CASPA application. Fee must be paid with a credit card.

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended to CASPA.

Transcripts originating from academic institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated and a course-by-course evaluation must be performed by World Education Service or a comparable credential evaluation service.

CV/Resume & Required Experiences

Submit documentation of volunteer or work experience to CASPA and fill out the "Health Related Training" and “Work and Volunteer Experience” sections on the CASPA application.

Direct patient care experience and shadowing experience are required and should be listed under the "Patient Care Experience" and "Shadowing Experience" sections on the CASPA application.

Please be sure to list any community service, research, and leadership experiences within the corresponding tabs in your CASPA application. 

Examples of positions to gain Direct Patient Care/Patient Contact are as follows:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • EMT/EMS
  • Paramedic
  • Nurse’s aide
  • Home Care Health Aide
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Medical Assistant

At this time, there is no set minimum for the number of hours for required experiences. To be considered competitive, it is recommended that an applicant have at least 200 (or more) hours of direct-patient care and shadowing experiences.

Personal Statement/Essay

Complete the essay found on the CASPA application.

Recommendation Letters

Submit three recommendation letters to CASPA. We require that applicants send:

  • One academic reference
  • One patient care reference
  • An additional patient care or academic reference

Please do not send letters of recommendation directly to Thomas Jefferson University.

Test Scores

GRE and MCAT scores are not required for admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program at Jefferson's Center City Campus.

International Students

Please see our additional information for applying as an International Student.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to:

Thomas Jefferson University
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
TOEFL code = 2903

Supplemental Application

Once we receive your verified CASPA application, we will e-mail you a link containing a supplemental application and a login ID (you will receive a second, separate email with your PIN). Complete the application according to the e-mailed instructions.

You must include your CASPA ID number and the date you completed the CASPA application on the supplemental application.

The $25 application fee must be paid with a credit card.

Drug, Criminal Background & Child Abuse Clearances

All students who are offered admission are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. In addition, PA students who are offered admission are required to be fingerprinted and undergo a drug test. Some clinical sites may require health professions and pharmacy students to be fingerprinted and/or undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete these requirements, as needed.

Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance and/or fingerprinting may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experiences for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the Program.

Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Thomas Jefferson University, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Contacts (Center City Campus)

General Questions

Phone (toll-free): 1-877-533-3247
Phone: 215-503-8890
E-mail: TJU.Admissions@jefferson.edu

Program-Specific Questions

Amina Floyd-Murphy
Admissions Counselor
130 S. Ninth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-503-0236
Fax:
215-503-7241
E-mail: Amina.Floyd-Murphy@jefferson.edu