Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Physician Assistant Studies - Center City Campus


Physician Assistant with patients

As a graduate of the Jefferson College of Health Professions (JCHP) Physician Assistant Studies program, you will be poised to create a new vision for health professions. You will be prepared as a leader in health care and human services, and to use your advanced expertise to translate your knowledge and skills into evidence-based, innovative medical practice.

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a nationally-certified, state licensed healthcare provider who practices under the supervision of a physician. PAs provide a large range of medical and surgical services and can be found in almost every healthcare setting. Under physician supervision, PAs conduct physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, provide patient counseling, assist in the operating room and prescribe medications.

PAs can be found in physician offices, hospitals, operating rooms, long-term care facilities, emergency rooms and trauma centers. PAs practice in all areas of medicine including pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery and surgical subspecialties, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology.

Why Thomas Jefferson University - Center City Campus?

Philadelphia’s rich culture of medical education coupled with our long-established history of educating outstanding healthcare providers makes the Center City Campus an ideal setting for continuing education in the PA profession.

JCHP’s focus on interprofessional collaboration and curriculum innovation ensure that students are prepared to be successful clinicians who can influence healthcare and impact public health. As part of an academic health center, students have opportunities to learn side-by-side with medical, nursing and other healthcare students. One example is participation in the Health Mentors Program, which teams students with patients who have chronic health problems for a two-year relationship.


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional Status to the Thomas Jefferson University - Center City Campus  Physician Assistant Program.  Learn more about our PA Program Accreditation.