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Physician Assistant

Description

Physician Assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Within the physician/PA relationship, PAs exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. Physician Assistants are trained in such tasks as screening patients, taking histories, performing physical exams, performing developmental screening exams for children, managing emergencies, etc. A physician willing to accept responsibility may assign more complicated therapeutic procedures to the PA who has demonstrated ability.

Becoming a PA
Becoming a Physician Assistant
Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Healthcare Professionals Readiness and Enrichment Program (H-PREP)
Des Moines University Discover DMU Day, July 24, 2015 (info on PA program)
Des Moines University Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (HealthPASS) (for sophomores and juniors interested in physician assistant careers)
Des Moines University Prospective Students Info Chat Sessions, April 15 - June 30, 2015
Financial Aid Resources
Finding a Physician Assistant to Shadow
Flexibility, Training Help Physician Assistants Forge a Medical Path
How to Become a PA
Inside PA Training: Become a Physician Assistant
Johnson & Johnson Scholarship for Pre-PA Students
Learn How to Become a Physician Assistant
Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) 24-Month Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program for Qualified Clark Students
U. of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Physician Assistant Admissions Virtual Chat Sessions, April 1 - August 31, 2015
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
PA Focus
Physician Assistant Career Guide
Physician Assistant Career Overview
Physician Assistant Career Profile
Physician Assistant Forum; Shadowing Opportunities
Physician Assistant History Society
Physician Assistant Interview
Physician Assistant Job Profile
Physician Assistant Job Description
Physician Assistant Occupational Outlook
Physician Assistant Salaries
Shadowing a Physician Assistant
Six Reasons You Need to Shadow a Physician Assistant
Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Summary of How to Become a Physician Assistant
Wake Forest School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program Open Houses, August 8 and August 22, 2015
Wayne State U. Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Information Meetings on Physician Assistant Program (first Tuesday of every month)
What Is a PA?
Why Be a Physician Assistant?

Russell Longendorfer is a 2010 graduate of Clark University and an MHS PA student at Quinnipiac University. He gave a talk at Clark on the PA profession. View his presentation.

Degree

P.A.

Program Length

2-3 years

Professional Schools' Organization

AAPA (American Academy of Physician Assistants)
PAEA (Physician Assistant Education Association)
Physician Assistant Graduate School Programs
Physician Assistant Programs

Application Service

CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants); CASPA Facebook
CASPA Fee Waiver

Academic Admission Requirements

Varies with school but may include two semesters each: Biology, Chemistry (some Organic/Biochemistry), Microbiology, Anatomy, and Physiology; one semester Math. Also Psychology.
Prerequisites

Admission Exam

GRE (most) or MCAT

Personal Attributes & Experiences

Most PA programs require health care experience of applicants (e.g., EMT, volunteering in a hospital, orderly, nurse's aide, nurse, etc.). The Red Cross Phlebotomy Training Program can be a good way to begin acquiring the necessary health care experience. MOST programs expect life experience as well as medical experience.

Recommendation Letters

No standard form.