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.