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

Curriculum
Center City Campus

The Thomas Jefferson University - Center City Campus  Physician Assistant (PA) Program is an intensive 95.5 credit, 27-month curriculum.  The contiguous curriculum is divided into 15-months of didactic courses followed by 12-months of supervised clinical rotations taken over seven semesters. Clinical rotations cover:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Women's Health
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Primary Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Elective

Didactic Year

The Didactic Year is comprised of 15-months of classroom learning. Students attend and participate in lectures, small group sessions, hands-on skills practice and simulation.

To progress to the clinical year, students must successfully complete all didactic phase courses, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and achieve a passing grade on the didactic Comprehensive Examination.

Pre-Fall Semester (9.5 credits)

Course Title Credits

Advanced Human Anatomy

5

Patient Communication

1.5

Introduction to Professional Practice

1

Evidence-Based Medicine and Population Health

1

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Medicine

1

Fall Semester (13.5 credits)

Course Title Credits

Clinical Medicine I

3.5

Clinical Skills I

1

Pharmacology & Clinical Therapeutics I

2.5

Physiology & Pathophysiology I

2

Physical Diagnosis

2.5

Behavioral Science

2

Spring Semester (15.5 credits)

Course Title Credits

Clinical Medicine II

5

Clinical Skills II

3

Pharmacology & Clinical Therapeutics II

2

Physiology & Pathophysiology II

2.5

Introduction to Healthcare Quality & Safety

3

Summer Session (14 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS

Clinical Medicine III

3.5

Clinical Skills III

1.5

Medical Nutrition

1

Pharmacology & Clinical Therapeutics III

1.5

Physiology & Pathophysiology III

1.5

Special Topics in Medicine

5

Clinical Year

The Clinical Year is comprised is comprised of 12-months of supervised clinical rotations as well as continuing coursework.  Students will complete eight clinical rotations, each five weeks in duration, which will be assigned in any order.

To graduate from the PA program, a student must successfully complete all required courses and rotations, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, achieve a passing grade on both the didactic Comprehensive Examination and the Program Summative Evaluation and meet all Program, School and University guidelines.

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course Title Credits

Clinical Rotation 1

5

Clinical Rotation 2

5

Clinical Rotation 3

5

Healthcare I

1

Spring Semester (16.5 credits)

Course Title Credits

Clinical Rotation 4

5

Clinical Rotation 5

5

Clinical Rotation 6

5

Healthcare II

1

Graduate Project I

0.5

Summer Session (10.5 credits)

Course Title Credits

Clinical Rotation 7

5

Clinical Rotation 8

5

Graduate Project II

0.5