Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Applying

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

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

Application Deadlines

CASPA Open Date: May 18, 2020
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions until November 1

Prerequisites

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 1 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

English/Writing Intensive 

Any 3 credit English or Writing Intensive designated course. 

3

Psychology

Any 3 credit psychology course.

3

Statistics

Any 3 credit statistics course.

3

Medical Terminology

Note: Not required for Center City Applicants. Medical Terminology is only a required course for applicants to our East Falls and New Jersey Campuses and can be completed within the first term of the program as independent study if not fulfilled prior to matriculation. Applicants to the Center City Campus are still recommended to take this course, as matriculating students are tested on its content prior to entering their second semester in the Fall.

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Additional Prerequisite Coursework Requirements Information

  • At least five of your seven prerequisite science courses must be fulfilled at time of application in order to qualify for review.
  • Completion at a regionally accredited institution before you enter the program.
  • 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 and New Jersey Campus programs do 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 originally offered in an on-campus format, but changed to online in the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters 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.

Degree & GPA

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.

Healthcare Shadowing & Direct Patient Care Experiences

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.

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

Direct Patient Care Experience

A minimum of 200 hours is required. Applicants should submit the details of direct patient care experiences in CASPA in the "Patient Care Experience" section.

Applicants often have backgrounds in areas such 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.

Strong patient care experience should include hands-on patient interaction with responsibilities in patient health and/or outcomes and exposure to multiple patients and multiple conditions.

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

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)

Application Requirements

CASPA Application

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 Campus
  • MS Physician Assistant Studies/Master of Public Health Dual-Degree Program- Center City Campus
  • MS Physician Assistant Studies- East Falls Campus
  • MS Physician Assistant Studies- 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.

Official Transcripts

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:

Personal Statement/Essay

Complete the essay prompt within CASPA.

Recommendation Letters

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.

Admission Interview

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the PA Department Frequently Asked Questions page for the campus of your program of interest.

Center City Campus

East Falls Campus

New Jersey Campus

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions
Phone: 215-951-2800
Email: enroll@jefferson.edu