Physician Assistant

phy·si·cian as·sis·tant: a person certified to provide basic medical services under the supervision of a licensed physician

Education for a Physician Assistant includes:

  • Bachelor’s degree (4 years)
  • Master’s Degree from an accredited Physician Assistant Program (24-36 months) in which students are trained in the medical model, similar to physicians

Where does a Physician Assistant work?

In ALL fields of medicine – family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, surgery, surgical subspecialties, etc…

What do they do there?

  • Evaluate & treat patients
  • Write prescriptions
  • Order & interpret diagnostic tests
  • Assist in surgery
  • Perform minor procedures
  • Work as part of the interprofessional health care team

Licensure for PA Practice

  • Following graduation from an accredited PA Program, PAs must pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) to earn their certification (“C” in PA-C)
  • Once certified, PAs may apply for licensure in any state under the supervision of a licensed physician (MD or DO)
  • PAs must take the Physician Assistant National Recertification Exam (PANRE) every 10 years in order to maintain their certification
  • Licensure is available to PAs in all 50 states as well as several other countries
  • Requires 100 hours of continuing education every two years.
  • PAs must take a recertification exam every 10 years.

Professional Associations

American Academy of Physician Assistants
North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants

Contact IPE

Mrs. Betty Lynne W. Johnson
Assistant Dean of Interprofessional Education
Phone: 910-814-5529
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @CUIPE Tw
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