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

Clinical Experience

Students in clinical rotation

Clinical Rotations

The Clinical Year is comprised of eight, five-week supervised clinical rotations. Rotations vary in assignment from Fall through Summer semesters during the clinical year due to preceptor availability. Supervised clinical rotations take place in a wide variety of practice settings and locations throughout the United States to optimize each student’s exposure, experience and training.

The Thomas Jefferson University - Center City Campus Physician Assistant (PA) Program approves and assigns all supervised clinical rotations sites. Students are permitted to identify and assist in developing rotation sites, but each site must receive approval from the PA Program.

Students may be required to relocate during the Clinical Year, and are responsible for all associated financial costs, including transportation and living expenses. Clinical rotations include:

  • Behavioral medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • General surgery
  • Internal medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary care
  • Women’s health
  • One elective

Facilities - Center City Campus

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is a part of a University medical center and health system, giving our students unique access to exceptional facilities and resources.

PA-Dedicated Classroom & Laboratory

A 66-seat, 1,605 square foot, state-of-the-art classroom and an additional 2,935 square foot laboratory space within the Dorrance Hamilton Building is dedicated for primary use by the PA program.  

Dr. Robert & Dorothy Rector Clinical Skills & Simulation Center

Our PA students will have access to the Dr. Robert & Dorothy Rector Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (RCSSC) for clinical skills instruction and patient simulation. The UCSSC consists of three floors in the Dorrance Hamilton Building, built in 2007, as a state-of-the-art simulation facility.

Gross Anatomy

Our PA students will be instructed in anatomy by professors in the Department of Pathology, Anatomy & Cell Biology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. In addition to the benefits of experienced and highly-qualified instructors, the students will be completing the laboratory portion of the course in a newly-designed, 32,200 square-foot, multi-room laboratory.

Six dissection rooms are each equipped with high-definition monitors, and at each dissection table are computers loaded with anatomical education and reference software. With educational shifts toward teaching anatomy with simulation, computerized models and pro-section, the Program is fortunate to have access to cadaver dissection resources.

Clinical Sites

Students have access to experienced clinical faculty and supervised clinical rotation experiences within the Jefferson Health System and with affiliate systems/hospitals (including Main Line Health and Christiana Care Health System). We provide ample core rotations and a large variety of elective options for students as well.

Jefferson Center for InterProfessional Education (JCIPE)