Physician Assistant Career Guide

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Overview

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a vital member of the healthcare team who works under the supervision of a licensed physician to provide a wide range of medical services. PAs play a critical role in patient care, diagnosis, treatment and health promotion.

Essential Job Functions:

PAs perform comprehensive medical histories, conduct physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and

Education

To become a Physician Assistant, aspiring individuals must complete a Master's degree from a recognized Physician Assistant program. These programs typically require a Bachelor's degree and may have specific prerequisites, such as coursework in anatomy, physiology, chemistry and biology.

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Related certifications

Upon completing their education, aspiring PAs must obtain national certification by passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). State licensure is also required in all states. Many programs require prior healthcare experience, such as paramedic, nursing or medical assistant work.

Skills

Successful PAs possess a strong foundation in medical knowledge, critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. They must be able to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams, demonstrate empathy and adapt to a dynamic healthcare environment.

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Responsibilities

PAs have a wide scope of practice that varies by state and specialty. They diagnose and treat common illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions, order and interpret tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery and provide patient education. PAs can work in various medical settings, including primary care, surgery, emergency medicine and specialty areas.

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Physician Assistant
$2,330-3,970/week

The average salary for a Physician Assistant is $3,251.54 per week.

Last updated on June 16, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming a Physician Assistant offers numerous advantages. PAs have a high level of autonomy, a competitive salary and the opportunity to work in diverse healthcare settings. They enjoy a strong job outlook and the flexibility to specialize in areas that align with their interests.

However, the role also comes with challenges. PAs often work long hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays.

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