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

Curriculum

East Falls Campus

The Physician Assistant Program is a continuous 25 months of study and includes the Didactic and Clinical portions. The Didactic year consists of three semesters of medically-related classroom and laboratory work, integrating some clinical experiences. Students must successfully complete all Didactic courses before entering the Clinical year. The Clinical year consists of extensive clinical experience through ten 5 week rotations at a variety of medical facilities, including hospitals and medical offices. 

Successful completion of the Physician Assistant Program includes:

  • Completing all required courses and rotations
  • Maintaining a 3.0 grade point average
  • Successfully passing Summary Testing
  • Meeting all standards listed in the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) Graduate Catalog and Physician Assistant Handbooks

Graduates from this program have historically scored very well on the national certification exam and enjoy a high job placement rate upon completion.

Didactic Year

Summer II (2 credits)

Course Title Credits

Advanced Human Anatomy A

2

Fall Semester (20 credits)

Course Title Credits

Advanced Human Anatomy B

3

Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology

3

Applied Behavioral Science 3

Medical History and Physical Diagnosis

5

Medical and Professional Ethics

2

Medical Genetics, Immunology and Microbiology

2

Evidence Based Medicine
2

Spring Semester (20.5 credits)

Course Title Credits

Clinical Medicine

8

Clinical Reasoning

2.5

Pharmacology & Clinical Therapeutics

4

Emergency Medicine

3

Diagnostic Medicine

2

Clinical Correlations of Public Health

1

Summer I (8.5 credits)

Course Title Credits

Clinical Disciplines Overview (Surgery, Pediatrics, Women's Health)

6

Pharmacotherapeutics Seminar

1

Advanced Diagnostic Seminar

1

Physiology & Pathophysiology II

1

Advanced Physical Assessment

.5

Clinical Year

Summer II (6 credits)

Course Title Credits

Clinical Rotation 1

6

Fall Semester (18 credits)

Course Title Credits

Clinical Rotation 2

6

Clinical Rotation 3

6

Clinical Rotation 4

6

Winter Session (6 credits)

Course Title Credits

Clinical Rotation 5

6

Spring Semester (18 credits)

Course Title Credits

Clinical Rotation 6

6

Clinical Rotation 7

6

Clinical Rotation 8

6

Summer I (14 credits)

Course Title Credits

Clinical Rotation 9

6

Clinical Rotation 10

6

Master's Comprehensive Experience

2

Clinical Rotations (5 weeks each)

  • Internal Medicine
  • Primary Care I
  • Primary Care II
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Psychiatry/Mental Health
  • Surgery
  • Elective
  • Medical Surgical Selective