Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs perform a wide range of medical duties, from basic primary care to high-technology specialty procedures. PAs often act as first or second assistants in major surgery and provide pre- and post-operative care.

Career Opportunities

Physician Assistants perform medical functions that have previously been performed by licensed physicians, including but not limited to:

  • Taking medical histories
  • Treating illnesses
  • Diagnosing illnesses
  • Counseling patients
  • Assisting in surgery
  • Performing physical exams
  • Ordering lab tests
  • Promoting wellness

PAs have a long-standing tradition of serving in areas of need. They provide care to those who otherwise have little or no access to quality health care. PAs work everywhere from remote rural settings to major urban centers, in doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, HMOs, the armed forces, and other federal government agencies.



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