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Your journey starts here.  Learn everything you need to know about the PA profession, how to get into a PA school and what you can do with a career in the PA field. 

Photo of Kyle Goleno PA-C in white coat.

Hi, I’m Kyle Goleno PA-C

Back in 1996 I went to a lecture at my University on what I needed to do to become a medical doctor.  The professor giving the lecture spent more time talking about alternatives to becoming an MD than how to become an MD.  In his lecture he mentioned the PA profession and the schooling required.  I had never heard of a PA, so I began my journey to learn about the profession and form my new goal of becoming a PA.  This site can be your full resource to learn about the profession and how to become a PA.

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 job outlook for Physician Assistants (PAs) has continued to be very promising. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of PAs is projected to grow 27 percent from 2022 to 2032, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Physician Assistants

PAs are trained to perform various medical functions including, but not limited to, examining patients, diagnosing illnesses, prescribing medication, and assisting in surgery.

Moreover, PAs can prescribe medications in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. This capability highlights their significant role in patient care and healthcare delivery across various settings, including hospitals, physicians’ offices, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities