logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA
Irish Culture


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Colleges Site

BellaOnline's Colleges Editor

g

Physician Assistant

Guest Author - Susan D. Bates

A Physician assistant, also referred to as a PA, is a medical professional who provides medical care under the supervision of a physician. Some physician assistants work alongside physicians while others perform their duties independently. Even when working independently, physician assistants always have a physician available for consultation, at least by telephone, when needed.

Physician assistants work in all types of medical settings including hospitals, clinics, and private practices. They can be found in almost every medical specialty providing healthcare and writing prescriptions. Level of experience, specialty area, and state laws determine physician assistants' scope of practice.

Prospective physician assistants must complete an entry-level physician assistant program. Physician assistant programs generally require two years of study. The first year is typically devoted to related sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry and pathology. The second year of study generally involves clinical rotations and advanced study in medical sciences.

The majority of programs offering entry-level physician assistant program award master's degrees. There are also colleges that offer associate degree and bachelor's degree entry-level physician assistant program. Graduates of all programs must pass the same examination to become certified as a physician assistant.

Admission to physician assistant programs, undergraduate and graduate alike, is competitive. Program administrators accept candidates who have a demonstrated ability to complete the rigorous coursework involved and the potential to practice as competent physician assistants.

Admission to master's degree level physician assistant program is also typically based on students overall grade point average (GPA), science GPA, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and related experience. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college is required for admission. While a science degree is not required, completion of advanced-level science courses can increase an applicant's likelihood of acceptance to some programs. Many programs require applicants to have work experience in a related medical field.

All physician assistant programs require applicants to have completed prerequisite courses for admission. Requirements vary among institutions based on program degree level and the nature of the program. Some of the courses commonly required for admission at many master's degree level programs include biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry and psychology. Prospective physician assistants should check admission requirements of each school of interest.

Graduates of physician assistant programs are eligible to take the national certifying examination administrated by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Those who have passed this examination are awarded the title Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C).

Physician assistants must stay current in their field. To maintain their certification, physician assistants must continue their education through coursework or seminar attendance. In addition, every six years physician assistants must pass a recertification examination or equivalent alternative program.


This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Physician+Assistant to Twitter Add Physician+Assistant to Facebook Add Physician+Assistant to MySpace Add Physician+Assistant to Del.icio.us Digg Physician+Assistant Add Physician+Assistant to Yahoo My Web Add Physician+Assistant to Google Bookmarks Add Physician+Assistant to Stumbleupon Add Physician+Assistant to Reddit




Advice for Prospective Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant -- Billie Cartwright
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Colleges Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Susan D. Bates. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Susan D. Bates. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Top 5 Resume Tips

Informational Interview Questions to Ask

Informational Interviews - Finding Professionals

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor