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

Curriculum

Center City Campus

The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) - Center City Campus  Physician Assistant (PA) Program is an intensive 95.5 credit, 27-month curriculum.  The contiguous curriculum is divided into 15-months of didactic courses followed by 12-months of supervised clinical rotations taken over seven semesters. Clinical rotations cover:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Women's Health
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Primary Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Elective

Didactic Year

The Didactic Year is comprised of 15-months of classroom learning. Students attend and participate in lectures, small group sessions, hands-on skills practice and simulation.

To progress to the clinical year, students must successfully complete all didactic phase courses, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and achieve a passing grade on the didactic Comprehensive Examination.

Pre-Fall Semester (9.5 credits)

Course Title Credits

PAST 500: Advanced Human Anatomy

5

PAST 510: Patient Communication

1.5

PAST 520: Introduction to Professional Practice

1

PAST 522: Legal & Ethical Aspects of Medicine

1

PAST 523: Evidence Based Medicine & Population Health

1

Fall Semester (13.5 credits)

Course Title Credits

PAST 511: Physical Diagnosis

2.5

PAST 530: Clinical Medicine I

3.5

PAST 540: Clinical Skills I

1

PAST 550: Pharmacology & Clinical Therapeutics I

2.5

PAST 560: Physiology & Pathophysiology I

2

PAST 570: Behavioral Science

2

Spring Semester (17.5 credits)

Course Title Credits

PAST 533: Clinical Medicine II

3

PAST 534: Clinical Medicine III

4

PAST 541: Clinical Skills II

3

PAST 551: Pharmacology & Clinical Therapeutics II

2

PAST 561: Physiology & Pathophysiology II

2.5

PAST 585: Introduction to Healthcare Quality & Safety 3

Summer Session (14 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS

PAST 535: Clinical Medicine IV

3.5

PAST  542: Clinical Skills III

1.5

PAST 552: Pharmacology & Clinical Therapeutics III

1.5

PAST 562: Physiology & Pathophysiology III

1.5

PAST 581: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

1.5

PAST 590: Special Topics in Medicine

5

Clinical Year

The Clinical Year is comprised is comprised of 12-months of supervised clinical rotations as well as continuing coursework.  Students will complete eight clinical rotations, each five weeks in duration, which will be assigned in any order.

To graduate from the PA program, a student must successfully complete all required courses and rotations, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, achieve a passing grade on both the didactic Comprehensive Examination and the Program Summative Evaluation and meet all Program, School and University guidelines.

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course Title Credits

PAST 601: Clinical Rotation 1

5

PAST 610: Clinical Rotation 2 

5

PAST 620: Clinical Rotation 3

5

PAST 680: Healthcare I

1

Spring Semester (16.5 credits)

Course Title Credits

PAST 630: Clinical Rotation 4 

5

PAST 640: Clinical Rotation 5

5

PAST 650: Clinical Rotation 6

5

PAST 681: Healthcare II

1

PAST 690: Graduate Project 1

0.5

Summer Session (10.5 credits)

Course Title Credits

PAST 660: Clinical Rotation 7 

5

PAST 670: Clinical Rotation 8

5

PAST 691: Graduate Project II

0.5