College of Health Professions

The Jefferson College of Health Professions is committed to educating professionals of the highest quality ready for contemporary practice in the global community. The College, representing diverse programs across the health professions, offers opportunities for students to develop skills and behaviors within a dynamic community of learners. As part of a world-class academic health science center, the college prepares students to become outstanding practitioners, researchers and leaders in health care.

Health Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University prepares compassionate, talented and hard-working professionals who are prepared for direct entry into the healthcare workforce or continued education in graduate or professional programs. Have opportunities to complete for-credit internships in emergency rooms, physician’s offices, rehabilitation facilities through a Global Medical Brigade mission trip to Africa or Central America. Upon graduation, begin working as a lab technician, data analyst, research assistant, community health educator or in education and public health setting; or continue your education in top graduate programs such as Occupational or Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Physician Assistant Studies, Trauma Counseling, Public Health or Medical Laboratory Science.

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Health Sciences BS/ Athletic Training MS (3+2) at Thomas Jefferson University enables you to earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years through our accelerated dual degree program. During your education you will have opportunities to gain a strong medical and science foundation and the specialized knowledge, skills and best clinical interventions required for athletic training practice. Learn from clinically active faculty, use state-of-the-art facilities to practice clinical skills, and complete clinical experiences in various settings, preparing you to take the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Board of Certification (NATABOC), and certification exams for the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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Health Sciences BS/ Community Trauma Counseling MS (3+2) at Thomas Jefferson University enables you to earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years through our accelerated dual degree program. Learn to improve the lives of trauma survivors through advanced clinical trauma competency with courses in human sciences and psychology. Complete extensive volunteer and clinical field placements in hospitals, outpatient, schools and community settings, and graduate eligible for the Licensed Professional Counselor credential in Pennsylvania and most other states.

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Health Sciences, BS/Couple and Family Therapy, MFT at Thomas Jefferson University prepares students on how to help individuals, couples, families and others with the stresses of family life. Students in this program are guaranteed an interview for the two-year MFT program on the Center City campus. Marriage and family therapists address behavioral and emotional problems in family relationships. This program offers two specialty tracks – Family Therapy and Sex Therapy. Both serve to develop a deep understanding of some of today’s most pressing clinical issues. The Sex Therapy track requires two advanced courses in sex therapy, while the Family Therapy track requires advanced coursework in medical family therapy and family violence. Each has specific practicum opportunities that bolster student learning.

 

At Jefferson, you can earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years through our dual degree program, earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Biotechnology, Cytotechnology and Cell Sciences, or Medical Laboratory Science. As a student in the accelerated BS/MS program, you will build strong skills in critical thinking and problem solving through foundation courses in basic sciences and humanities offered on the East Falls campus (pre-professional curriculum) and program-specific coursework on the Center City campus (professional curriculum). Our three distinct programs prepare laboratory professionals for careers in medical laboratory sciences. Throughout your chosen program, you will experience cutting-edge training with nationally recognized faculty.

Health Sciences BS/ Occupational Therapy OTD (3+3) at Thomas Jefferson University enables you to earn both your bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in six years through our accelerated dual degree program. This program prepares students who know early that they want to be occupational therapists to be compassionate, talented and hard-working professionals. Practice clinical skills in state-of-the-art facilities, earn patient contact hours through a Global Medical Brigade mission trip to Africa or Central America, and collaborate with students from industrial design and architecture to develop assistive devices and create environments to support people’s full participation in everyday activities.  

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Health Sciences BS/ Physician Assistant Studies MS (3+2) at Thomas Jefferson University enables you to earn both your bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in five years through our accelerated dual degree program. The nationally-recognized physician assistant (PA) program boasts a 96% pass rate on the PANCE national certification exam over the last 5 years, and is known for educating excellent, compassionate and dedicated professionals. You will prepare for clinical rotations in our simulation lab that allows you to practice examinations; take courses in genetics, microbiology, histology, physical diagnosis and gross anatomy (cadaver dissection) labs; and complete a full year of clinical rotations in hospital and outpatient settings.

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Health Sciences, BS/Public Health, MPH at Thomas Jefferson University provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills for public health practice. Public health is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice with two primary goals – the prevention of illness, disease, and injury and the promotion and protection of human health. Students in this program can complete up to five public health graduate courses in their senior year. They are guaranteed an interview for the MPH program on the center city campus. MPH students develop competencies in several key public health areas, preparing them to track outbreaks of disease, conduct community health assessments, plan health education programs and direct campaigns to reduce risk factors.

Pre-Physician Assistant (PA) at Thomas Jefferson University gives students physician assistant preparation as an undergrad. This four year program provides students with flexibility as they complete undergraduate degree requirements and enjoy opportunity to incorporate experiences like study abroad or additional participation time in intercollegiate athletics. Students in the Pre-Physician Assistant option are not guaranteed admission to the MS Physician Assistant Studies professional phase portion of the program, although applicants who meet specific requirements will be invited for an admissions interview.

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Pre-Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University prepares confident and knowledgeable medical imaging and radiation sciences professionals through cutting-edge training with nationally-recognized faculty. Complete two year-long concentrations during your professional phase, practicing in clinical environments such as major teaching hospitals, imaging centers, physician’s offices and women’s imaging centers. Learn to communicate and work effectively with other healthcare professionals by experiencing Jefferson’s system of interprofessional education, and join our alumni who boast a 95-100% career placement rate.

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Pre-Medical Laboratory Sciences and Biotechnology at Thomas Jefferson University enables students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years through our accelerated dual degree program, earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Biotechnology, Cytotechnology and Cell Sciences, or Medical Laboratory Science. Graduates of the Cytotechnology and Cell Sciences program have had a 100% pass rate on the ASCP Board of Certification exam for the past three years. The Biotechnology program now offers a BS and MS in Biotechnology with a concentration in Biopharmaceutical Process Development at the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing—the only training and education institution of its kind in North America. The Medical Laboratory Science program continues to have 100% job placement rate after graduation.

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Pre-Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University builds strong skills in critical thinking and problem solving through foundation courses in the sciences, psychology and humanities on the East Falls campus. In the nursing phase of the program, you will practice in simulated experiences to practice in various hands-on clinical immersions, from acute care in emergency rooms, to outpatient and community healthcare settings. Learn to communicate and work effectively with other healthcare professionals through Jefferson’s system of interprofessional education, develop flexibility and adaptability by participating in collaborative projects conducted in innovative environments and prepare to excel on the national licensure examination and apply for registered nursing positions in healthcare environments, including Magnet-designated hospitals.

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Pre-Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University builds strong skills in critical thinking and problem solving through foundation courses in the sciences and humanities during your first two years of coursework. After Year 1, students can apply for admission consideration to the four-year PharmD program. Students who meet progression criteria are guaranteed an interview for the competitive PharmD program. Matriculating students enter the professional phase of study beginning in Year 3, and are prepared to be a confident, knowledgeable pharmacists through hands-on training in a premier health system with nationally-recognized faculty.

 

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