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

Mission, Goals & Objectives

Mission

The mission of the Thomas Jefferson University - Center City Campus Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to use our model of interprofessional education to educate skilled, compassionate physician assistants prepared to provide leadership through our evolving healthcare system, dedicated to lifelong learning and service to the community.

The mission of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is congruent with the mission of the University and guides the strategic plan and faculty goals in the Department. 

Goals

Based on the structural design of the Program and its curriculum, we have created a unique educational model that, through a partnership with the College of Population Health, incorporates a focus in healthcare quality and patient safety. Our goals are:
  • To design a curriculum that builds the cognitive, clinical, interpersonal and professional skills needed for the supervised practice of medicine as physician assistants
  • To provide the educational tools so that graduates will be able to identify, analyze and manage clinical problems, and provide effective, efficient and humane patient care with physician supervision

In addition, our students will participate in the Health Mentors Program through the Jefferson Center for InterProfessional Education, one of the premier interprofessional education centers in the United States. Physician Assistant Students at Thomas Jefferson University will complete simulation activities at the University Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, a state-of-the-art simulation and standardized patient facility accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Objectives

Our Physician Assistant Program is designed to provide students with the skills and activities that enhance their professional and personal growth as physician assistants through course objectives which cover three areas of learning:

  • Cognitive Skills (knowledge base)
  • Psychomotor Skills (manipulative and motor skills)
  • Affective Skills (attitudes and values)

Graduates of our Program will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the structures of the human body and how they function at the biochemical and physiological level
  • Understanding of the common pathophysiological disturbances that occur in each of the organ systems and the resulting disease processes in human beings
  • Knowledge of the principles of drug absorption, distribution, action, toxicity and elimination
  • Practical, working knowledge of commonly prescribed drugs
  • Knowledge and application of the use of the clinical laboratory in the diagnosis and management of disease states
  • Understanding of the health care and social service systems, and the role of the PA/Physician Team within those systems
  • Knowledge, appreciation and application of legal and ethical concepts related to medical care
  • Understanding of the PA profession, its origin and development
  • Application of critical thinking to the solution of medical problems
  • Knowledge and ability to perform the skills necessary for patient evaluation, monitoring, diagnostic/therapeutics, counseling and appropriate referral
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, patients’ families, physicians and various other professional associates
  • Understanding of the principles of scientific inquiry and research design and ability to apply those principles to critically interpret medical literature and enhance ability to provide quality health care
  • Attitudes and skills that show a commitment to personal growth and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences throughout a diverse patient population
  • Attitudes and skills that show a commitment to professional behaviors and respect for self and others

Learn more about our program's career opportunities and outcomes to date.