Accelerated Health Sciences BS / Physician Assistant MS - East Falls


  • East Falls Campus
  • College of Health Professions

Degree Earned

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science

Program Length
5 years, accelerated study

Program Type

  • On Campus


Program Contact - East Falls

Name: Physician Assistant Program
Organization: Jefferson - East Falls Campus

Hayward Hall 224
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Program Contact - New Jersey

Name: Physician Assistant Program
Department: Jefferson - New Jersey Campus

Carnegie Center
35 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Admissions Information

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The Pre-Professional Phase is comprised of the first six semesters of undergraduate study. Students complete medically-related science, health science, and psychology prerequisite courses, along with all of the components of the College Studies Program. The goal is to prepare students for the Professional Phase. 

The Professional Phase is a continuous 25 months of study and includes the didactic and clinical coursework and experiences.  The didactic year consists of three semesters of medically-related classroom and laboratory work, with limited clinical experience. The BS in Health Sciences is granted after the first semester of the Professional Phase (December of fourth year of studies).  The remaining courses in the Professional Phase are graduate courses.  Students must successfully complete all didactic courses before entering the final clinical year.  The clinical year consists of extensive clinical experience through ten 5-week rotations at a variety of medical facilities such as hospitals and medical offices.

Upon completion of the full five-year program, graduates will receive a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, be eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), and may participate in the Physician Assistant Program Completion Ceremony in August, as well as the commencement ceremony in May.

Successful completion of the Pre-Professional Phase includes:

  • Completing all required pre-professional courses, with a grade of B or higher in all core classes.
  • Maintaining the required grade point averages of 3.25 cumulative and 3.25 science at the end of each spring semester
  • Submitting a CASPA application
  • Obtaining 200 hours or more of direct patient contact
  • Acquiring 3 satisfactory letters of reference
  • Completing a personal essay
  • Obtaining approval of the PA Program Admissions Committee

With successful completion of these requirements, students are guaranteed admission to the Professional Phase.   

Successful completion of the Professional Phase includes:

  • Completing all required professional phase courses and rotations
  • Maintaining a 3.0 grade point average or higher
  • Successfully passing Summary Testing
  • Meeting all standards listed in the Thomas Jefferson University Graduate Catalog and Physician Assistant Handbooks

Curriculum Information

  • Pathways Seminar
  • Writing Seminar I: Written Communication
  • Topics in American Studies
  • Writing Seminar II: Multimedia Communication
  • Chemistry I Lecture & Lab
  • Biology I Lecture & Lab
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Health Professions
  • Chemistry II Lecture &I Lab
  • Biology II & Lab

  • Ethics
  • American Diversity
  • Global Diversity
  • Global Citizenship
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Microbiology Lecture & Lab
  • Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture & Lab
  • Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture & Lab
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Healthcare

  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Integrative Seminar
  • Philosophies of the Good Life
  • Health Sciences Elective (3 credits)
  • Biology Elective (4 credits)
  • Applied Statistics for Health Sciences
  • Clinical Interactions
  • Principles of Genetics Lecture & Lab
  • Medical Terminology and Documentation
  • Free Electives (6 credits)

  • Advanced Anatomy A
  • Advanced Anatomy B
  • Genetics, Immunology & Microbiology
  • Medical Physiology & Pathology
  • Medical History Taking & Physical Diagnosis
  • Applied Behavioral Science
  • Medical & Professional Ethics
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Correlations of Public Health
  • Clinical Disciplines Overview
  • Pharmacotherapeutics Seminar
  • Advanced Physical Assessment
  • Advanced Diagnostics Seminar
  • Rotation

  • Rotation (Fall - 18 credits)
  • Rotation (Spring - 18 credits)
  • Rotation (Summer - 18 credits)
  • PA Master’s Comprehensive Experience (over entire clinical year - 2 credits)