First Cohort in Dual-Degree Partnership with Jefferson University Receive White Coats

(From left to right:) Initial Program Advisor Carole-Rae Reed, School of Health Sciences Dean Margaret (Peg) Slusser, student Emily Miller, student Mikaela Crowley, student Angelina Pichardo, student Theresa Esposito, student Gabriela Marigliano, and Program Advisor and Assistant Professor of Health Science Kerri Sowers.

Galloway, N.J. – Five 2018 Stockton graduates in the first cohort of a new partnership with Thomas Jefferson University received their white coats on July 12, and will now move on to completing their master's degrees in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Participating students were Emily Miller, Mikaela Crowley, Angelina Pichardo, Theresa Esposito, and Gabriela Marigliano.

The partnership between Stockton University and Thomas Jefferson University created  a full-time, accelerated, five-year course of study that awards a bachelor's in health science (BSHS) at the conclusion of the seventh semester at Stockton, and a MSPA from Jefferson at the conclusion of the entire program.

The students will now complete a year of clinical rotations as student physician assistants, which encompasses ten five-week rotations. When they complete their rotations, they will officially graduate from Jefferson with MSPA degrees.

This program admits freshmen to Stockton for fall enrollment only. In the spring of year three, students apply to Thomas Jefferson University.

Qualified high school seniors may apply to this program. Applicants to this program should be incoming freshman based on their total number of credits; students are permitted to have dual high school, college, or AP credits.

Transfer students are not considered for this combined program, but are welcome to apply to the BSHS program.

Reported by Kat H. Wentzell.

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Diane D’Amico
Director of News and Media Relations
Stockton University
Galloway, N.J. 08205