MS in Physician Assistant Studies - Center City
A Physician Assistant (PA) is a nationally-certified, state licensed healthcare provider who practices under the supervision of a physician. PAs conduct physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, provide patient counseling, assist in the operating room and prescribe medications.
Learn about the variety of classes and schedule options for obtaining your degree.
Center City PA Program Highlights
Why Physician Assistant?
Physician Assistant has been named one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S. by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, with an expected 38.4% increase in jobs by 2020. CNN’s Money magazine has listed Physician Assistants on its Best Jobs in America list, and Forbes listed Physician Assistants #1 on a list of Best Master’s Degree for Jobs.
Earn a High Annual Wage
The median annual wage for physician assistants is $101,480, which is significantly higher than several other health diagnosing and treating practitioners. Annual wages vary from industry to industry within the practices of physician assistants.
Choose Your Setting
Students in the Physician Assistant Studies Program develop the knowledge and expertise to practice in a wide range of healthcare settings, such as:
- Physician group practices
- Health clinics
- Nursing home or LTC facility
- Community health center facility
Choose Your Specialty
Physician assistants are able to practice in a variety of settings and specialty areas, allowing them to have more choices than many other healthcare professionals. These specialties can range from family medicine to surgical subspecialities to emergency settings. Our students graduate with both the knowledge and confidence to succeed in any area of medicine.
Accreditation for Center City Program
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Thomas Jefferson University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Thomas Jefferson University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2028. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.