Health Sciences BS/Pre-Physician Assistant

College

  • 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

Prerequisites
BS Requirements 
MS Requirements

Program Contact - East Falls

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

Hayward Hall 224
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Telephone: 215-951-2908

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

Telephone: 609-626-3895

Admissions

Name: Office of Admissions

The Health Sciences BS/Pre-Physician Assistant program gives students physician assistant preparation as an undergrad. Completing the BS Health Sciences in four years provides greater flexibility in completing undergraduate degree requirements over a longer period of time with more opportunity to incorporate experiences like study abroad or additional participation time in intercollegiate athletics.

Application Process & Deadlines

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

Application Deadlines & Instructions

Curriculum

The Health Sciences, BS (Pre-Physician Assistant) option is not completed in an accelerated format.  Completing the BS Health Sciences in four years provides greater flexibility in completing undergraduate degree requirements over a longer period of time with more opportunity to incorporate experiences like study abroad or additional participation time in intercollegiate athletics. 

The degree requirements for the MS in Physician Assistant Studies are the same for the five-year and the Pre-Physician Assistant option and completed in the same amount of time.

Students in the Pre-Physician Assistant option are not guaranteed admission to the MS Physician Assistant Studies professional phase portion of the program.  Pre-Physician Assistant option students must complete an application using CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) by the stated deadline the year prior to their desired master’s degree enrollment date.  All Pre-Physician Assistant option 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 an admissions interview.  Admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies is selective.

Successful completion of the Pre-Professional Phase 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 3.25 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 Professional Phase.  

Successful completion of the Professional Phase includes:

  • Completing all required Professional Phase 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