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Welcome to How To Become a Physician Assistant
Working in many specialties, Physician Assistants (PAs) are trained (by physicians alongside medical students at medical schools) to do many of the same things that physicians do, but always work with a supervising physician.

While not quite as long of a road as it takes to become a physician, to become a physician assistant is a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. Usually applicants to physician assistant programs have completed high school and college with an excellent academic record. They have spent many hours accumulating medical experience and have gained knowledge of medicine.

To become a physician assistant, one must research this career path and understand what it means to be a physician assistant. Once completing a rigorous physician assistant program, often earing a masters degree, one must take and pass a national certification exam.

It is then the responsibility of the physician assistant to treat patients as best they know how and utilize their medical team so they may provide the best medical care. The physician assistant also must maintain certification, complete continuing medical education, and should dedicate themselves to the medical community. Being an active member in physician assistant societies and other medical societies helps to strengthen and promote the physician assistant profession.

It's a long tough road, but you can achieve your goals using the resources found here to help you become a physician assistant.
About PAs
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 27 percent increase in the number of PA jobs between 2006 and 2016, making it one of the fastest growing professions in the country.
Physician assistants can take medical histories, perform physical exams, order and interpret laboratory tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, counsel patients, assist in surgery, and set fractures.
Physician Assistants can prescribe medications in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam.
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