Graduate Programs

Admissions Information

Our department partners with CASPA, the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants, to collect and manage applications to Jefferson's direct entry programs:

  • MS Physician Assistant Studies: Center City, Philadelphia Campus
  • MS Physician Assistant Studies/Master of Public Health Dual-Degree Program: Center City, Philadelphia Campus
  • MS Physician Assistant Studies: East Falls, Philadlephia Campus
  • MS Physician Assistant Studies: Voorhees, New Jersey Campus

To learn more about the program offerings within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and which program(s) are right for you, visit our Department Overview and Frequently Asked pages for Center City and East Falls/Voorhees, New Jersey.

Application Process & Deadlines

Rolling Admissions until Application Deadline

APRIL 29, 2021 - CASPA Open Date
NOVEMBER 1, 2021 - Application Deadline

Decisions are granted on a rolling basis throughout the cycle until the class is filled. We may contact academically eligible applicants via e-mail to schedule an interview (provided space is still available). Decisions include: Offer of Admission, Denied Admission, Hold for Grades and Waitlist.

Prerequisite Coursework

The following prerequisite coursework is required for admission into the Physician Assistant Programs:

Prerequisite Courses Semester Credits
Anatomy with Lab - Other Acceptable Courses: Anatomy & Physiology I with lab, Human or Functional Anatomy with lab, and Mammalian/Vertebrate Anatomy with lab.   The course must be human based. 4
Physiology with Lab - Other Acceptable Courses: Anatomy & Physiology II with lab.   The course must be human based. 4
Biology I with Lab - Other Acceptable Courses: Any upper level biology course with lab. Examples include: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Embryology, Histology, Immunology, Organismal Biology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Zoology   4
Biology II with Lab - Other Acceptable Courses: Any upper level biology course with lab. Examples include: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Embryology, Histology, Immunology, Organismal Biology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Zoology 4
Microbiology with Lab   4
Chemistry I with Lab - Other Acceptable Courses: Any upper level Chemistry Course with lab. Examples include: Organic Chemistry I and Physical Chemistry 4
Chemistry II with Lab - Other Acceptable Courses: Any upper level Chemistry Course with lab. Examples include: Organic Chemistry II and Physical Chemistry 4
Statistics - Any 3 credit statistics course. 3
Psychology - Any 3 credit psychology course. 3
English/Writing Intensive - Any 3 credit English or Writing Intensive designated course. 3
Medical Terminology (Required for EF/NJ only) Note: can be taken as an independent-study at Thomas Jefferson University after being accepted into the Program. 1

Additional Prerequisite Coursework Requirements Information

  • Completion at a regionally accredited institution before you enter the program.
  • At least five of your seven prerequisite science courses must be fulfilled at time of application in order to qualify for review.
  • International Coursework
    • The Center City Campus programs will accept coursework taken internationally to meet prerequisite coursework, pending they are evaluated as equivalent course and grade requirement.
    • The East Falls/New Jersey program does not accept international coursework to meet prerequisite coursework. 
  • Grade Requirement
    • Completed with a grade of "B" or above. A grade of "B-" will not meet the prerequisite requirement.
    • Courses taken Spring 2020 only that were transitioned from a letter grade to Pass/Fail due to COVID-19 will be accepted with a "Pass" grade.
  • Class format: Labs must be completed in an in-person format. Lecture courses can be completed in an on-campus, hybrid or online format.
    • An exception is made for courses that were taken between Spring 2020 and Fall 2021 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
  • Expiration Date: completed within 10 years of application to Jefferson. 
    • If courses are older than 10 years, a waiver may be submitted to the admissions committee if the student is using skills learned from the course on a frequent basis in their career. Waiver considerations are viewed on a case by case basis.
  • Credits are calculated on a semester scale; if courses are taken on a quarter scale, the credit hours will be converted to the semester credit scale.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or CLEP: will not be accepted to meet prerequisite coursework requirements. 

 

Students must complete their Bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of the program.

Cumulative, science, and prerequisite coursework GPA of 3.25 is required; a 3.4 or higher is more competitive.

PA/Healthcare Shadowing

Jefferson highly recommends shadowing healthcare and PA professionals to support your exposure, understanding, and commitment to the PA field and healthcare in general.

Direct Patient Care Experience

A minimum of 200 hours is required. Strong patient care experience can be paid or volunteer and would include hands-on patient interaction with responsibilities in patient health and/or outcomes and exposure to multiple patients and multiple conditions.

Performance Requirements/Technical Standards

Technical standards are the fundamental abilities a student needs to complete every activity his/her degree requires. These standards are determined by the competency, proficiency and/or skill standards set forth by accrediting and professional organizations appropriate to each program and apply to classroom, laboratory and clinical/fieldwork environments. Students are allowed reasonable accommodation.

Technical Standards of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies (PDF)

CASPA Requirements

Our department partners with CASPA, the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants, to collect and manage applications to Jefferson’s direct entry programs:

  • MS Physician Assistant Studies: Center City, Philadelphia Campus
  • MS Physician Assistant Studies/Master of Public Health Dual-Degree Program: Center City, Philadelphia Campus
  • MS Physician Assistant Studies: East Falls, Philadelphia Campus
  • MS Physician Assistant Studies: Voorhees, New Jersey Campus

Applicants can apply to as many of the Jefferson programs they would like to be considered for admission. The review process is specific to each program and campus you apply to.

Jefferson does not review applications until they are verified in CASPA and all required application materials are received.

Preferential Admissions at East Falls/New Jersey Campus Programs: Graduates from Jefferson and Stockton University are granted preferential admissions for the East Falls and New Jersey Campuses. This does not include the Center City Campus.

Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended directly to CASPA.

If your coursework was completed outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from one of the following international evaluation agencies:

Applicants should submit documentation of shadowing and direct patient care experiences in CASPA under the "Health Related Experience" and “Employment and Volunteer Experience” sections within the application.

Applicants often have backgrounds in such areas as nursing, nursing assistant, medical assistant, EMT, paramedic, athletic training, and patient related volunteer experiences. Please keep in mind that patient contact experience with a higher scope of practice and more extensive education will be weighted higher than a patient contact experience with a more limited scope of practice and less education, i.e., an RN with 3 years of experience will be rated higher than an EMT-B with 300 hours of experience. Also, note that experience gained as part of a degree program, i.e. nursing externships, will be weighted lower than experience as a working professional in that field.

Please note that each program may weigh experiences differently based on program requirements and curriculum.

Jefferson does not have a specific form required to log shadowing hours.

Complete the essay prompt within CASPA.

 

Three letters of recommendation are required. Jefferson highly suggests one academic, one patient care and one additional academic or patient care.

Letters from family, friends, or co-workers will not be accepted.

Qualified candidates who are being considered for admission will be invited for an admission interview prior to their final decision. Interviews are conducted by program on their respective campuses.

GRE and MCAT scores are not required for admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program at Jefferson's Center City Campus.

Please see our additional information for applying as an International Student.

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