A Physician Assistant (PA) performs in a similar capacity to a physician. They examine patients to determine a diagnosis for an injury or sickness. They can also prescribe medications, and order diagnostic testing. While they are allowed a certain amount of freedom when treating patients, a Physician Assistant must work under the direct supervision of a physician or surgeon.
The role of a Physician Assistant is largely a learning role, so a Physician Assistant must be hungry for knowledge and attentive to the actions of their directing Physician.
Physician Assistant responsibilities may include:
Physician Assistants are responsible for providing direct support to practicing Physicians. In order to take on enough responsibility to allow the lead Physician to focus on primary issues, a skilled Physician Assistant will:
In order to qualify for an entry level position, candidates must pass a graduate Physician Assistant program and have at least 4 years of experience in healthcare in order to obtain a Master’s degree. Afterwards, they must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination as well as earning state licensure in the state they plan to practice in. Additionally, Physician Assistants must pass a recertification exam every 10 years as well as complete 100 hours of continuing education every 2 years.START INTERVIEW NOW START INTERVIEW NOW
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