Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Undergraduate Programs
Accelerated Health Sciences BS / Physician Assistant MS - East Falls

This undergraduate entry option is designed for students who have found their niche in health care as a physician assistant early in their academic career. Applicants with more than 15 college credits are not eligible to apply to this program.

Transfer students with more than 15 college credits are encouraged to consider applying to the BS program in Health Sciences.

Program Length

5 years, accelerated study

Program Format





December 15
Fall enrollment only

The Health Science to Physician Assistant programs are designed for students who have determined they want to pursue a physician assistant career early.

Students in this five-year program are assured a seat in the graduate portion of the BS Health Sciences/MS Physician Assistant  program provided they meet progression criteria set for their enrollment term. 

Prior to enrolling in the Master's portion of the program, students must complete an application using CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) by the stated deadline the year prior to their desired master’s enrollment date.  All applicants with a CASPA calculated cumulative GPA and science GPA of 3.25, as well as at least 200 direct patient contact hours will be invited for an admissions interview.   


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The Pre-Professional Phase is comprised of the first six semesters of undergraduate study.  The Pre-Professional Phase consists of medically related science and psychology prerequisite courses, along with all of the components of the College Studies Program.  The goal is to prepare students for the Professional Phase. 

The Professional Phase is a continuous 25 months of study and includes the Didactic portion and Clinical portions.  The Didactic year consists of three semesters of medically-related classroom and laboratory work, with limited clinical experience. The BS in Health Sciences in granted after the first semester of the Professional Phase.  The remaining courses in the Professional Phase are graduate courses.  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 such as hospitals and medical offices.

Upon completion of the full five-year program, graduates will receive a Master of Science in Physician Assistant, be eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and may participate in the Physician Assistant Program Completion Ceremony in August, as well as the commencement ceremony in May.

Successful completion of the Pre-Professional Phase includes:

  • Completing all required Pre-Professional courses, with a grade of C or better in all core classes.
  • Maintaining the required grade point averages of 3.25 cumulative and 3.25 core at the end of each Spring semester
  • Submitting a CASPA application
  • Completing a state certification as an EMT-B or CNA
  • Gaining 200 hours of direct patient contact
  • Acquiring 3 satisfactory letters of reference
  • Completing a personal essay
  • Obtaining approval of the PA Program Admissions Committee

With successful completion of these requirements, students are guaranteed admission to the Professional Phase.   

Successful completion of the Professional Phase includes:

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

Contact Us

Thomas Jefferson University -
East Falls Campus

Physician Assistant Program
Hayward Hall 224
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Phone: (215) 951-2908
Fax: (215) 951-2526




Thomas Jefferson University -
New Jersey Campus

Physician Assistant Program
Carnegie Center
35 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Phone: (609) 626-3895