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

Bachelor's Degree
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Frequently Asked Questions

Jefferson - Center City Campus

About Physician Assistants (PA)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics places the PA profession 13th on the list of the fastest-growing occupations from 2012 to 2022, projecting that the number of PA jobs will increase by 38.4%.

PAs and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are both defined as mid-level practitioners.

Physician Assistants are individuals trained using the medical school model, which has an expectation of a strong basic science background and clinical experience of between 2,000 to 2,500 hours during their educational program. PA training and certification is in general medicine, allowing PAs to practice in any area of medicine they choose.

Nurse Practitioners are individuals trained using the nursing school model, and are often trained in a specific area such as pediatrics, etc., following their formal training as a nurse. Clinical experience of approximately 500 hours is required during their educational program. 

Program Details - Center City Campus

The program is 27 months long, separated into 15 months of didactic work and 12 months of supervised clinical rotations.

Classes will matriculate in the Pre-Fall semester (May) once annually (pending Accreditation-Provisional).

No. Only a full-time program is offered.

We discourage any employment during your first 15 months of the PA Program and do not permit employment during your clinical phase rotations.

The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) PA Program - Center City Campus is an extremely intense and rigorous academic program. We expect that your position here is your primary responsibility and that any outside activity will not interfere with your ability to accomplish your requirements as a PA student.

Program Outcomes

The Jefferson PA Program - Center City Campus is honored to report a 100% first time pass rate for the Class of 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Admissions Questions

Yes. Applicants may apply with up to two outstanding prerequisite courses. The unfulfilled courses would need to be completed prior to time of matriculation. Your application will not be reviewed if fewer than seven of your nine prerequisite courses are complete.

Yes. Prerequisite coursework completed more than 10 years from time of matriculation will not be accepted.

Yes. All students in the PA Program must present proof of child and adult CPR certification upon entry into the Program. It is the students’ responsibility to maintain their BCLS certification throughout the Program.

Students must have a Bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation into the program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain patient care hours (EMT, pharmacy technician, CNA, etc.) and PA or other healthcare shadowing hours. The Program does not have a minimum hour requirement for either patient care or PA or other healthcare shadowing hours for the 2019-20 application cycle, but will require at least 200 hours of direct patient care experience for the 2020-21 cycle onwards.

More information about applying to our PA Program.

The program requires a minimum cumulative, science, and prerequisite GPA of no less than 3.25 on a 4.0 scale from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants are recommended to have a GPA of 3.4 or higher to be competitive.

The Program does not require GRE or MCAT testing. However, if you have taken either of these examinations, please submit your score reports during the application process.

No. The PA program does not accept Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits for any prerequisite requirements.

Advanced placement will not be granted for matriculating students and all PA professional coursework must be completed at Thomas Jefferson University - Center City Campus.

Tuition & Fees

No. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state residents.

Tuition and fees are the same for resident and non-resident students. For detailed expenses, please visit our Registrar’s page.

Clinical Experiences

Students are required to pay for housing and transportation costs related to all off-campus and clinical experiences.

Medical Insurance

View Jefferson's policies for medical insurance. Please note, in addition to Jefferson's standard policies for medical insurance:

Policies require that all PA students carry major medical health insurance during their education at Jefferson.  Students may indicate that they wish to maintain coverage through a parent, spouse or a private plan. The student is required to show proof of coverage at the beginning of each school year, and if changes are made they must be reported immediately to the program. An insurance plan is made available for purchase to all students through the University.

Malpractice Insurance

Malpractice insurance costs are covered by the institution for registered students.

Associate Program Costs

Associate Program Costs include items such as required textbooks, medical equipment, short white coats, name tages, and any immunizations and clearances that are required for students in a health professions program. These costs are not included in tuition and fees and are estimated to be approximately $3,500 for the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Tuition and approximate costs are calculated annually. The costs and fees listed below are based upon the latest estimates available at the time of this publication and are subjected to change. They should be used as estimates only.

About TJU + PhilaU

Jefferson University is the name that will appear on diplomas for students graduating in 2018 or later. We are exploring whether or not students who entered Philadelphia University originally will have the opportunity to choose what goes on their diplomas in 2018. Once we know this information, we will communicate that to graduating students.

The newly integrated Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will continue to offer two separately accredited PA programs operating under their existing ARC-PA accreditation.  The former Philadelphia University PA Program will continue to operate two campus locations in East Falls, Philadelphia and New Jersey.  The former Thomas Jefferson University PA program will continue to operate on the Center City, Philadelphia campus.

There is no change in the application process for each of the programs.  For students interested in applying to the pre-integration Thomas Jefferson University PA Program located in Center City Philadelphia, you should apply, via CASPA, to Thomas Jefferson University and select the PA Program in Center City.  For students interested in applying to the pre-integration Philadelphia University PA Program, you should apply, via CASPA, to Philadelphia University (now Thomas Jefferson) and select the campus location(s) you are interested in applying to; the East Falls, Philadelphia campus or the New Jersey campus.

Students accepted to and enrolled in each of these programs will complete the existing ARC-PA accredited program. 

For the foreseeable future, Jefferson Physician Assistant Studies programs will remain separate, each continuing to deliver the curriculum outlined by their respective websites.

For the foreseeable future, the Jefferson Physician Assistant Studies programs will remain separate, each delivering the clinical rotations outlined on their respective websites.  Clinical faculty from both programs are collaborating on new clinical site development to meet each program’s needs.

Yes, each program will maintain its own application form through CASPA under their current institution names for the 2018 CASPA cycle.   

The integration of our two institutions will be an eighteen month to three-year process.  At this point, you will pay the tuition of the program and campus to which you are accepted.