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|Become A PA|
Do you have an interest in the practice of medicine? Do you desire to make a daily difference in people’s lives? Are you in need of continual intellectual stimulation? If the answer is yes to these questions, you’ve come to the right place to explore a career as a physician assistant.
In 2010, CNN Money ranked the position of physician assistant as the second best job in America. CNN cited many reasons for their pick, including no expensive medical school or stressful internship, freedom to move within the field, and a great deal of autonomy when it comes to patient care.
PAs enjoy freedom in their work, a great deal of responsibility, strong earning potential and a rewarding career, not to mention a high probability of employment.
PAs, who are trained to care for approximately 80% of the conditions for which most patients seek primary care and are economically imperative to the healthcare team. PAs are well positioned to help fill the need for the projected shortage of physicians, and to provide much needed medical services in small towns and rural areas.
A strong increase in demand for PAs is predicted, and as practicing physician assistants continue to accept new colleagues into the workforce, the profession continues to solidify its role in the healthcare system.
PA Education & Training
assistants receive a broad medical education. Because of the close
working relationship the PAs have with physicians, PA education is
designed to complement medical training. Criteria for admission
to a PA program include previous health care experience and
completion of a variety of basic science as well as other general
graduation from an accredited PA program, candidates for the
profession must sit for the certifying examination developed by the
National Board of Medical Examiners, and administered by the National
Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Wisconsin requires candidates to pass this examination prior to
licensure as a PA.