Pre-Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. All physician assistants are qualified by graduation from an accredited physician assistant educational program and certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. They are formally trained to take histories, do physical exams, order and administer tests, make diagnoses, determine primary care specialties, such as general internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine. Other specialty areas include general and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, orthopedics and geriatrics. In 2007, Money Magazine listed Physician Assistant as #5 on the list of America's 50 Best Jobs.

Related career titles

Physician assistant

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Career Opportunities in Health Care
Careers in Health Care
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Everything Guidee to Careers in Health Care, The
Exploring Health Care Careers
Opportunities in Health and Medical Careers
Opportunities in Physician Assistant Careers
Top 100 Health Care Careers

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Related pre-physician assistant links

K-State Pre-Health Professions Program
http://www.k-state.edu/artsci/phpp

American Academy of Physician Assistants
http://www.aapa.org

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
http://www.nccpa.net

American Medical Association
http://www.ama-assn.org/

Physician Assistant History Center
http://www.pahx.org

Physician Assistant Education Association
http://www.PAEAonline.org/

ExploreHealthCareers.org
http://www.explorehealthcareers.org/en/Career.19.aspx