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Curriculum

Overview

The Thomas Jefferson University Physician Assistant Program is an intensive 95.5 credit, 27-month curriculum.  The contiguous curriculum is divided into 15-months of didactic courses followed by 12-months of supervised clinical rotations taken over 7 semesters.

Didactic Year

The TJU PA Program Didactic Year is composed of 15-months of classroom learning.  Student instruction consists of course delivery via lectures, small group sessions, hands-on skills practice and simulation.  In order to progress to the clinical year, students must successfully complete all didactic phase courses, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and achieve a passing grade on the didactic Comprehensive Examination.

PRE-FALL

Credits

Advanced Human Anatomy

5

Patient Communication

1.5

Introduction to Professional Practice

1

Epidemiology and Evidence Based Medicine

1

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Medicine

1

Total Pre-Fall Credits

9.5

FALL 1

Credits

Clinical Medicine I

3.5

Clinical Skills I

1

Pharmacology & Clinical Therapeutics I

2.5

Physiology & Pathophysiology I

2

Physical Diagnosis

2.5

Behavioral Science

2

Total Fall 1 Credits

13.5

SPRING 1

Credits

Clinical Medicine II

5

Clinical Skills II

3

Pharmacology & Clinical Therapeutics II

2

Physiology & Pathophysiology II

2.5

Introduction to Healthcare Quality & Safety

3

Total Spring 1 Credits

15.5

SUMMER 1

Credits

Clinical Medicine III

3.5

Clinical Skills III

1.5

Medical Nutrition

1

Pharmacology & Clinical Therapeutics III

1.5

Physiology & Pathophysiology III

1.5

Special Topics in Medicine

5

Total Summer 1 Credits

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14

Clinical Year

The TJU PA Program Clinical Year is composed of 12-months of supervised clinical rotations as well as continuing coursework.  Students will complete 8 clinical rotations, each 5 weeks in duration which will be assigned in any order.  In order to graduate from the PA Program, a student must successfully complete all required courses and rotations, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, achieve a passing grade on both the didactic Comprehensive Examination and the program Summative Evaluation, and meet all Program, School and, University guidelines.

FALL 2

Credits

Clinical Rotation 1*

5

Clinical Rotation 2

5

Clinical Rotation 3

5

Healthcare I

1

Total Fall 2 Credits

16

SPRING 2

Credits

Clinical Rotation 4

5

Clinical Rotation 5

5

Clinical Rotation 6

5

Healthcare II

1

Graduate Project 1

0.5

Total Spring 2 Credits

16.5

SUMMER 2

Credits

Clinical Rotation 7

5

Clinical Rotation 8

5

Graduate Project II

0.5

Total Summer 2 Credits

10.5

Total Credits for Graduation
95.5

 

* Clinical Rotations
Internal Medicine
Emergency Medicine
Women's Health
Behavioral Medicine
Surgery
Primary Care
Pediatrics
Elective