Health Sciences BS/Pre-Physician Assistant


  • East Falls Campus
  • College of Health Professions

Degree Earned

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science

Program Length
4 years
(+ 2 years if accepted to the professional phase)

Program Type

  • On Campus

BS Requirements 
MS Requirements

Program Contact - East Falls

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

Ronson Suite 326
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 Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Name: Office of Admissions
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The Health Sciences BS/Pre-Physician Assistant program  provides all the foundation and prerequisite coursework needed to apply to graduate Physician Assistant schools. The 4-year Health Sciences BS offers greater flexibility to complete undergraduate degree requirements, and to prepare a portfolio of coursework and activities needed for admission into a graduate PA program. Additionally,  Additionally, students gain more opportunities to incorporate extra-curricular experiences like study abroad or intercollegiate athletics.

Application Process & Deadlines

NOVEMBER 1 - Early Action, non-binding
MARCH 1 - Regular Decision

Application Deadlines & Instructions


The Health Sciences, BS (Pre-Physician Assistant) program is not completed in an accelerated format. 

The graduate degree requirements for the MS in Physician Assistant Studies are the same regardless of the undergraduate pathway. The graduate program requires two years of fulltime study.

Students in the Pre-Physician Assistant major are not guaranteed admission to the MS Physician Assistant Studies program.  Pre-Physician Assistant students must complete an online application using CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) by the stated deadline, typically the year prior to their desired master’s degree enrollment date.  All Pre-Physician Assistant major applicants with a CASPA calculated cumulative GPA and science GPA of 3.25, as well as at least 200 direct patient contact hours will be invited for the graduate program's admissions interview.  Admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies is selective. 

Successful completion of the Pre-Professional includes:

  • Completing all required Pre-Professional courses, with a grade of C or better in all core classes.
  • Maintaining the required grade point averages of 3.0 cumulative and 3.25 core at the end of each Spring semester
  • Submitting a CASPA application
  • CASPA-calculated overall GPA and science GPA of 3.25
  • Completing a state certification as an EMT-B or CNA
  • Gaining 200 hours of direct patient contact
  • Acquiring 3 satisfactory  letters of reference
  • Completing a personal essay

With successful completion of these requirements, students are offered an interview for the graduate program.

Successful completion of the Graduate Program includes:

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