MS in Physician Assistant Studies - Center City


  • Center City Campus
  • College of Health Professions

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science

Program Length

27 months

Program Type

  • On Campus

Program Format


Program Outcomes - Jefferson - Center City Campus

The Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) is the qualifying examination administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) for physician assistant graduates. 

The examination is a multiple-choice, comprehensive assessment of an individual’s clinical knowledge.  The NCCPA is the only certifying organization for the physician assistants in the U.S.  To be eligible for PANCE, you must graduate from a PA program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) as a Physician Assistant Program or a Surgeon Assistant Program. PA program graduates will be deemed to have graduated from an accredited program if their PA educational program was accredited at the time of their matriculation. Following successful completion of the PANCE, a physician assistant is “certified” to practice and can use the initials “PA-C.”

The Jefferson PA Program- Center City Campus is honored to report a 100% first time pass rate for the Classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020, and a 5 year first time pass rate of 99%, above the national average.

View the Center City PA Program's PANCE Summary Report (PDF)

To implement a curriculum that builds the cognitive, clinical, psychomotor, interpersonal, and professional skills needed for the practice of medicine as physician assistants.

  • Cognitive and critical thinking skills: Students complete 95.5 credits upon program completion. The program provides approximately 740 hours of didactic instruction throughout the program. Specifically, students receive 93.5 hours in pharmacology and clinical therapeutics.
    • The Class of 2016 had a 100% "first time taker" pass rate. The national "first time taker" pass rate for CO2016 was 96%.
    • The Class of 2017 had a 100% "first time taker" pass rate. The national "first time taker" pass rate for the CO2017 was 97%.
    • The 5 year national "first time taker" average is 96%. Currently, our program has a 100% 5 year "first time taker" average pass rate.
    • 80-90% of the students in the Class of 2017 scored above the national average on each of the PAEA End of Rotation (EOR) examinations, demonstrating their cognitive knowledge and ability to think critically and apply concepts to clinical cases.
    • 100% of students in the Class of 2017 met program expectations for competency in medical knowledge and critical thinking skills on end of rotation preceptor evaluations.
  • Clinical skills: Students complete 40 weeks of clinical rotations in eight different specialties, including: internal medicine, emergency medicine, behavioral medicine, surgery, primary care, pediatrics, and women's health, as well as one elective.
    • The Class of 2016 recorded a total of 22, 182 patient encounters.
    • The Class of 2017 recorded a total of 28, 139 patient encounters.
    • Each student is offered exposure to patients across the lifespan, from newborns to the geriatric population, and in a variety of practice settings: inpatient, outpatient, emergency room, and the operating room.
    • 100% of students in the Class of 2017 met program expectations for competency in clinical skills on end of rotation preceptor evaluations.
  • Psychomotor skills: The program provides instruction through labs for procedures, including but not limited to: venipuncture, IV insertion, IM (intramuscular) and intradermal injections, foley catheter insertions, casting and splinting, suturing and laceration repair, and pelvic examinations.
    • A sampling of procedures that students observe, assist with and/or perform on clinical rotation includes: Complete history & physicals, patient education and anticipatory guidance, administering local anesthesia, arterial and venous catheterization, arthrocentesis/intra-articular injections, central line placement, bone marrow biopsy & aspirates, circumcision, colposcopy, vaginal & cesarean births, fetal heart auscultation, defibrillation/cardioversion, endoscopies, FAST ultrasound exams, incision & drainage, chest tube and NG tube insertion, pelvic exams & pap smears, EKGs, ABGs, suturing and wound care, and first-assist for operative procedures.
    • 100% of students in the Class of 2017 met program expectations for competency in psychomotor skills on end of rotation preceptor evaluations.
  • Interpersonal skills: The program's curriculum includes an emphasis on interpersonal and interprofessional skills training. Students have the opportunity to learn with and from other learners in multiple disciplines across the TJU campus.
    • 100% of students participate in the Health Mentors Program,  a longitudinal, interprofessional educational experience that groups our PA students with other learners on campus. The group is paired with a patient living with chronic disease.
    • 100% of students participate in the TeamSAFE trainings on campus. These training are interprofessional trainings aimed at improving awareness, communication, and patient safety in all arenas of patient care.
    • Students have the opportunity to practice clinical, technical and interpersonal skills by completing several Standardized Patient encounters in the Rector Simulation Center on campus throughout both phases of the program.
    • 100% of students in the Class of 2017 met program expectations for competency in interpersonal skills on end of rotation preceptor evaluations. 79% of this cohort exceeded expected competency in these areas.
  • Professional: Students are instructed and evaluated on professional attitudes and skills throughout both phases of the program.
    • 100% of students participate and complete the Graduate Project courses, resulting in a scholarly paper and grand rounds-style presentation.
    • Students are provided the skills to practice in any medical specialty and in any care setting. Our graduates are currently working in the following specialties: family medicine, primary care internal medicine, internal medicine hospital medicine, pediatric hospital medicine, psychiatry, emergency medicine, urgent care, hospital critical care, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, neurology, hematology/oncology, dermatology, interventional radiology, cardiology, gastroenterology, and palliative care.
    • 100% of students in the Class of 2017 met program expectations for competency in professional attitudes and skills on end of rotation preceptor evaluations. 68% exceeded expectations in professional competencies.

To foster graduates that become leaders, community builders, educators, and innovators in their chosen profession.

  • Program Alumni are serving in the role of clinical preceptor for our program and other regional educational programs.
  • Graduates have returned to serve as lecturers and facilitators for our program.
  • Students and alumni participate in regional professional organizations, such as Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA).
  • Students have completed co-curricular studies in the TJU Leadership Live series.
  • 100% of students participate in the student-developed and organized Mentor/Mentee program.
  • 100% of students are members in the TJUPASS: Thomas Jefferson University Physician Assistant Student Society. 25% of each class holds leadership positions in this society and in other campus organizations.