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Physician Assistant Studies

As a graduate of the Jefferson College of Health Professions (JCHP) Physician Assistant program, you will be poised to create a new vision for health professions. You will be prepared to lead in health care and human services, and use your advanced expertise to translate your knowledge and skills into evidence-based, innovative medical practice.

What is a Physician Assistant?

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a nationally-certified, state licensed healthcare provider who practices under the supervision of a physician. PAs provide a large range of medical and surgical services and can be found in almost every healthcare setting. Under physician supervision, PAs conduct physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, provide patient counseling, assist in the operating room and prescribe medications.

Message from
Michele Q. Zawora, MD

Interim Chair,
Program Director
Department of Physician
Assistant Studies

In what settings do Physician Assistants practice?

PAs can be found in physician offices, hospitals, operating rooms, long-term care facilities, emergency rooms and trauma centers. PAs practice in all areas of medicine including pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery and surgical subspecialties, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology .


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Thomas Jefferson University Physician Assistant Program.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.