In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Taking patients’ medical histories.
- Examining patients, ordering diagnostic tests, and providing diagnoses.
- Treating patients’ illnesses and injuries, including prescribing medicine, and educating patients and their families on appropriate care for medical conditions.
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Typically requires a master’s degree. Physician assistant master’s degree programs often require that applicants already have some experience in patient care, generally from having worked as an EMT, paramedic, nurse, or nursing assistant. Sometimes, this experience requirement may also be fulfilled through volunteer work in a hospital or other medical setting.
Certification is required for licensure in every state. Candidates must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).
Licensure is required to work as a Physician Assistant. To become licensed, all candidates must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). Licensure laws require that all physician assistants work under the supervision of a licensed physician.