Frequently Asked Questions
General Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Questions
What is the employment trend for PAs?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics places the PA profession 13th on the list of the fastest-growing occupations from 2012 to 2022, projecting that the number of PA jobs will increase by 38.4%.
What is the difference between PAs and NPs?
PAs and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are both defined as mid-level practitioners.
Physician Assistants are individuals trained using the medical school model, which has an expectation of a 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.
Program Details- Center City, East Falls, Voorhees NJ
How long is the PA program?
The program is 27 months long, separated into 15 months of didactic work and 12 months of supervised clinical rotations.
Do you offer a part-time program?
No. Only a full-time program is offered.
When do classes begin?
Classes will matriculate in the Pre-Fall semester (July) once annually.
Can I work while I'm in the PA Program?
We don't encourage any employment during the course of the program.
The PA Program is an extremely intense and rigorous academic program. We expect that your position here is your primary responsibility and that any outside activity will not interfere with your ability to accomplish your requirements as a PA student.
Does it matter how long ago I completed my prerequisite coursework?
Yes. Prerequisite coursework completed more than 10 years from time of matriculation will not be accepted.
Can I apply before completing all prerequisite coursework?
Yes. Applicants may apply with up to two outstanding prerequisite courses. The unfulfilled courses would need to be completed prior to time of matriculation. Your application will not be reviewed if fewer than seven of your nine prerequisite courses are complete.
What are the education and work experience requirements?
Students must have a Bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation into the program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain patient care hours (EMT, pharmacy technician, CNA, etc.) and PA or other healthcare shadowing hours. The Program has a requirement of at least 200 hours of direct patient care experience.
Does the PA Program require GREs or MCATs?
The Program does not require GRE or MCAT testing. However, if you have taken either of these examinations, please submit your score reports during the application process.
Does the PA Program accept AP or CLEP credits?
No. The PA program does not accept Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits for any prerequisite requirements.
What is the policy regarding advanced placement?
Advanced placement will not be granted for matriculating students and all PA professional coursework must be completed at Thomas Jefferson University - Center City Campus.
Is CPR certification required prior to entering the program?
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.
Tuition & Fees
Does tuition differ for in-state and out-of-state residents?
No. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state residents.
What are the tuition and fees?
Tuition and fees are the same for resident and non-resident students. For detailed expenses, please visit our Registrar’s page.
Students are required to pay for housing and transportation costs related to all off-campus and clinical experiences.
View Jefferson's policies for medical insurance. Please note, in addition to Jefferson's standard policies for medical insurance:
Policies require that all PA students carry major medical health insurance during their education at Jefferson. Students may indicate that they wish to maintain coverage through a parent, spouse or a private plan. The student is required to show proof of coverage at the beginning of each school year, and if changes are made they must be reported immediately to the program. An insurance plan is made available for purchase to all students through the University.
Malpractice insurance costs are covered by the institution for registered students.
Additional Program Costs
Additional program costs include items such as required textbooks, medical equipment, short white coats, name tages, and any immunizations and clearances that are required for students in a health professions program. These costs are not included in tuition and fees and are estimated to be approximately $3,500 for the program.
PLEASE NOTE: Tuition and approximate costs are calculated annually. The costs and fees listed below are based upon the latest estimates available at the time of this publication and are subjected to change. They should be used as estimates only.