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Applying for Admission to Jefferson's PA Program

Thomas Jefferson University has partnered with CASPA, the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants, to collect and manage applications to the MS Physician Assistant Studies program.

To apply, please follow the instructions outlined below.

  • Visit our page on the CASPA website, https://portal.caspaonline.org/, for details about our program and application requirements.
  • Visit https://portal.caspaonline.org/ to complete an online application for admission through CASPA.
  • Please follow the instructions on the CASPA site regarding the submission of documents.
    • Submit all official transcripts (including international transcripts) to CASPA. The following criteria are considered competitive:   
    • All required prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation into the program. Prerequisite courses must be completed within the past 10 years prior to admission. Courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-" or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of "D" or below will not be eligible. Minimum grade of "B" in all prerequisite courses recommended. View the prerequisites here.
    • Submit three recommendation letters to CASPA
      • It is strongly encouraged applicants send one academic reference, one patient care reference and one other (other may include an additional academic or patient care reference).
      • Please do not send any additional letters of recommendation directly to Jefferson.
    • Complete the narrative found on the CASPA application
    • Submit official TOEFL scores (if applicable, see below) to Jefferson
    • Submit documentation of PA volunteer or work experience in PA to CASPA and fill out the "Health Related Training" and ““Work and Volunteer Experience” sections on the CASPA application
  • Follow instructions to complete the supplemental application according to the e-mail Jefferson will send after receiving your CASPA application.
    • After you have completed the CASPA application, Jefferson will email you a link to the supplemental application along with a login ID to access the application. You will receive a second, separate email with your PIN.
    • You must include your CASPA ID number and the date you completed the CASPA application on the Jefferson application.
    • The $25 supplemental application fee must be paid with a credit card.

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

Demonstration of English Language Proficiency

All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Jefferson. Jefferson School of Health Professions will accept any one of the following items to satisfy the proficiency requirement:

  • Send official scores to CASPA.
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing - 21, Speaking - 23, Reading - 21 and Listening - 22. Report scores on CASPA but request official scores to be sent to Jefferson. TOEFL code = 2903.
  • Associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. colleges or universities
  • U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a nursing or allied health field.*
  • Score of 508 or higher on the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section for the SAT for applicants entering Jefferson directly from high school.
  • Citizenship from a country where English is an official language: Follow this link for the country list.

*Certain certification may not be sufficient to demonstrate proficiency.

Admissions Deadline Dates

The CASPA application for Pre-Fall 2014 entry will open on April 17. The Jefferson supplemental application will be available in September.

Admission to the PA Program is on a rolling basis.
Visit the Applications Deadlines page for deadline information.

Important Notice Regarding Criminal Background Check & Child Abuse Clearance

All students who are offered admission to TJU are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. In addition, PA students who are offered admission to Jefferson 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 Jefferson, 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.