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

Why Physician Assistant?

PAs working with a patient

Work in a Fast-Growing Profession

Physician Assistant has been named one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S. by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, with an expected 38.4% increase in jobs by 2020. CNN’s Money magazine has listed Physician Assistants on its Best Jobs in America list, and Forbes listed Physician Assistants #1 on a list of Best Master’s Degree for Jobs.

Earn a High Annual Wage

The median annual wage for physician assistants is $101,480, which is significantly higher than several other health diagnosing and treating practitioners. Annual wages vary from industry to industry within the practices of physician assistants.

Choose Your Setting

Students in the Physician Assistant Studies Program develop the knowledge and expertise to practice in a wide range of healthcare settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician group practices
  • Health clinics
  • Nursing home or LTC facility
  • Community health center facility

Choose Your Specialty

Physician assistants are able to practice in a variety of settings and specialty areas, allowing them to have more choices than many other healthcare professionals. These specialties can range from family medicine to surgical subspecialities to emergency settings. Our students graduate with both the knowledge and confidence to succeed in any area of medicine.