Physician Assistant Career Information

Physician Assistant Career and Physician Assistant School

Even in these tough economic times the Healthcare industry is thriving. There are many different career opportunities available in the healthcare industry, all you need is the proper training. You can learn about Physician Assistants here.

What does a Physician Assistant do?

A physician assistant, or PA, is an allied healthcare professional trained to practice medicine alongside and under the supervision of physicians or surgeons. Physician assistants conduct physical examinations, order tests, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and often assist in treatment and procedures.

They are formally trained to provide treatment and prevent disease. PAs work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, or other healthcare facilities.

What kind of certification will I need?

All states require PAs to be licensed by passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Every two-years, a PA must earn around 100 continued medical education hours for renewal of certification.

What kind of salary can I expect to earn?

Physician assistants earn an average of $86, 410 per year and $41.54 per hour*

*information form Bureau of Labor Statistics

How long will I be in school?

Typically, physician assistants have obtained their bachelor’s degree and then receive their master’s with two additional years at an accredited educational program for PAs.