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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Thomas Jefferson University is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The program is 27 months long separated into 15 months of didactic work and 12 months of supervised clinical rotations.

Classes will matriculate in the Pre-Fall semester (May) once annually pending Accreditation-Provisional.  The inaugural class is anticipated to matriculate in Pre-Fall, 2014.

No. Only a full time program is offered.

For the inaugural class, anticipated to matriculate in the Pre-Fall semester of 2014, applications must be e-submitted, complete, and verified by CASPA by March 1, 2014. For the Class anticipated to matriculate in the Pre-Fall semester of 2015, applications must be e-submitted, complete, and verified by CASPA by October 1, 2014.  Your application will not be processed if it is unverified by CASPA by any reason after those dates. The program operates on a rolling admissions process. Applicants are encouraged to apply early and to ensure their applications are as complete as possible at time of submission to CASPA.

The program requires a supplemental application that will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of the completed CASPA application.

No. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state residents.

Currently, we are recruiting our inaugural class; therefore have not have any graduates to sit for NCCPA certification. Our first class will graduate in August of 2016.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics places the PA profession 4th on their list of the fastest-growing occupations from 2004 to 2014. Projecting that the number of PA jobs will increase by 50%

PAs and NPs are both defined as mid-level practitioners. Physician assistants are individuals trained using the medical school model, which has an expectation of strong basic science background and clinical experience of between 2,000 to 2,500 hours during their educational program. PA training and certification is in general medicine, allowing PAs to practice in any area of medicine they choose. Nurse practitioners are individuals trained using the nursing school model, and are often trained in a specific area such as pediatrics, etc., following their formal training as a nurse. Clinical experience of approximately 500 hours is required during their educational program. 

The Thomas Jefferson University PA Program is an extremely intense and rigorous academic program.  The program expects that your position here is your primary responsibility and that any outside activity must not interfere with your ability to accomplish your requirements as a PA student.

 The Thomas Jefferson University PA Program discourages any employment during your first 15 months of the PA Program and you are not permitted to work during your clinical phase rotations.

No, the program does not have admission or enrollment procedures favoring individuals or groups.

Students must have a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation into the program. A listing of program prerequisite courses and academic standards for enrollment can be found under admission requirements on the program website. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain patient care hours (i.e. EMT, pharmacy technician, CNA, etc.) and PA shadowing hours. The program does not have a minimum hour requirement for either patient care or PA shadowing hours. 

Advanced placement will not be granted for matriculating students and all PA professional coursework must be completed at Thomas Jefferson University.

The program does not require GRE or MCAT testing, however if you have taken either of these examinations, please submit your score reports to CASPA during the application process.

The PA program does not accept Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits for any prerequisite requirements.

No. Applicants may apply with outstanding prerequisite coursework. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation into the program. Applicants will be evaluated based upon the coursework completed at the time of their application and are strongly encouraged to be completing no more than two outstanding prerequisite courses in the fall term prior to matriculation into the program.

No. There is no minimum GPA requirement for applicant eligibility. However, in order to be considered competitive with the applicant pool, the program suggests both an overall cumulative and a combined natural science GPA of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from all colleges and universities attended. GPA calculations completed by CASPA at time of application are utilized by the TJU PA Program.

Yes. Prerequisite coursework greater than 10 years-old will not be accepted. 

The TJU policy regarding refunds of tuition and fees can be found in the JSHP Course Catalog.

Yes. All students in the PA Program must present proof of child and adult CPR certification upon entry into the program. It is the students’ responsibility to maintain their BCLS certification throughout the program.