Welcome to the Department of Physician Assistant Studies!

Our Department is part of the School of Health Professions here at Thomas Jefferson University in Center City Philadelphia.  The Program received provisional accreditation* by the ARC-PA in March, 2014, and we welcomed our pioneer class, the Class of 2016, in May, 2014. Graduates of our Program will be awarded a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree and are eligible to take the PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam) following successful completion of the Program.

Thomas Jefferson University was founded in 1824 and specializes in Medical and Health Professions education.  Our long tradition of training excellent clinicians, along with our state-of-the-art classrooms, iPad learning platforms, and Simulation Center, offer a truly interactive and engaging environment where our students can thrive.  It’s an exciting time to be in Health Education, as we prepare to train the future leaders in our Nation’s ever-changing health care system.  Jefferson is committed to providing educational opportunities to train with a multidisciplinary team.

One of the experiences that students participate in is Jefferson’s Health Mentors Program, an innovative longitudinal approach to teaching clinical medicine in multidisciplinary groups, pairing a patient living with chronic disease and an integrated group of students representing Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Professions.  Through this experience, students learn how to better communicate with their colleagues and to appreciate the assets that each profession brings to the healthcare team.

Our students are our greatest asset, and our first class has become ambassadors for our Program and for the PA Profession across the Jefferson campus.  We are looking forward to enrolling the Class of 2017 this Spring.

Take your time to explore our website.  If you are interested in becoming part of our Program and receiving the ultimate in health education, we invite you to apply.

Thank you and we look forward to reviewing your application!

Michele Q. Zawora, MD

Interim Chair, Program Director
Department of Physician Assistant Studies

*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 resources 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.