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


Center City Campus

Our department partners with CASPA, the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants, to collect and manage applications to the MS Physician Assistant Studies - Center City Campus program.

Note: We communicate with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email settings to allow mail from

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) Integration

On September 9, 2016, leadership from Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University signed an agreement approved by both Boards of Trustees to combine the two institutions.  On July 1, 2017, the integration was made official with the announcement of the combined institution, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

Applicants who are interested in the learning more about the integrated University can do so by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Application Deadlines

Application Open Date: April 2019
Application Deadline: October 2019

To be considered complete and eligible for review, a CASPA application must be verified with required letters of recommendation, transcripts, and personal statement and all applicable documents (test scores, etc.) must be submitted in the directed manner and received by our Admissions office by the Program deadline date. We will send you the Thomas Jefferson University Supplemental Application by email after our office downloads your CASPA application. 

Please note that the CASPA verification process can take 4-6 weeks. It is important to keep this information in mind when determining if you will meet the deadline.

Decisions are granted on a rolling basis throughout the cycle until the class is filled. We may contact academically eligible applicants via e-mail to schedule an interview (provided space is still available). Decisions include: Offer of Admission, Denied Admission, Hold for Grades and Waitlist.


Applicants need not complete all prerequisite courses before applying, but seven of the nine required classes must be completed before an admissions decision can be made. All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution and taken in an on-campus format before entering the program. The program has a Pre-Fall start (late May). 

Printable Prerequisite Course Worksheet

Transfer Equivalency Guides

Degree & GPA

Students must complete their Bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited institution before the start date of the program. An overall GPA and a science GPA of a 3.0 is required; a 3.3 or higher is more competitive.

Courses & Credits

34 semester credits from specific course areas. Courses must be completed with a minimum grade of a “B” or better in each prerequisite course. You need not complete all prerequisite courses before you apply, but the majority (7/9) must be completed before an admissions decision can be made. All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution and taken in an on-campus format before you enter the program. The program has a pre-fall start (late May).

Course Subject Credits
General Biology I with Lab*
General Biology II wilth Lab* 4
General Chemistry I with Lab** 4
General Chemistry II with Lab** 4
Anatomy with Lab*** 4
Physiology with Lab*** 4
General Microbiology with Lab 4
Statistics 3
Psychology 3
Total 34

* Other acceptable Biology courses include Cell Biology, Genetics, Organismal Biology, and Developmental Biology

** Other acceptable Chemistry courses include Organic Chemistry I and II, and Physical Chemistry I and II

*** Courses must be human-based Anatomy and Physiology courses

All prerequisite courses must be completed, at a regionally accredited institution and taken in an on-campus format, before you enter the program. All prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of matriculation to Jefferson. Courses must be completed with a grade of a “B” or above to meet the prerequisite requirement. A grade of “B-“ or below will not meet the prerequisite requirement. 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. AP and CLEP credit are not accepted.

Additional Coursework Strongly Recommended: Medical terminology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Organic chemistry, Physics, and Introduction to Pharmacology.

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

See below for instructions on how and where to submit your application materials.

CASPA Application

Complete an online application for admission through CASPA. Pay attention to the instructions for application and requirements.

Supplemental Application & Fee

The supplemental application will be emailed to all verified applicants beginning in August.

Once we receive your CASPA application, we will send you an e-mail containing a supplemental application and a login ID (you will receive a second, separate email with your PIN). Complete the application according to the e-mailed instructions.

You must include your CASPA ID number and the date you completed the CASPA application on the supplemental application.

A $25 supplemental application fee must be paid with a credit card.

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended 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 foreign evaluation agencies:

CV/Resume & Required Experiences

Submit documentation of volunteer or work experience to CASPA and fill out the "Health Related Training" and “Work and Volunteer Experience” sections on the CASPA application.

Direct patient care experience and shadowing experience are required and should be listed under the "Patient Care Experience" and "Shadowing Experience" sections on the CASPA application.

Please be sure to list any community service, research, and leadership experiences within the corresponding tabs in your CASPA application. 

Examples of positions to gain Direct Patient Care/Patient Contact are as follows:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Paramedic
  • Nurse’s aide
  • Home Care Health Aide
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Medical Assistant

At this time, there is no set minimum for the number of hours for required experiences. To be considered competitive, it is recommended that an applicant have at least 200 (or more) hours of direct-patient care and shadowing experiences.

Personal Statement/Essay

Complete the essay found on the CASPA application.

Recommendation Letters

Submit three recommendation letters to CASPA. We require that applicants send:

  • One academic reference
  • One patient care reference
  • An additional patient care or academic reference

Please do not send letters of recommendation directly to Jefferson.

Test Scores

GRE and MCAT scores are not required for admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program at Jefferson's Center City Campus.

International Students

Please see our additional information for applying as an International Student.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to:

Thomas Jefferson University
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
TOEFL code = 2903

Drug, Criminal Background & Child Abuse Clearances

All students who are offered admission are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. In addition, PA students who are offered admission are required to be fingerprinted and undergo a drug test. Some clinical sites may require health professions and pharmacy students to be fingerprinted and/or undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete these requirements, as needed.

Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance and/or fingerprinting may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experiences for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the Program.

Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Thomas Jefferson University, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us (Center City Campus)

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
Phone: 215-503-8890