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Physician Assistants

A physician assistant (or PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional trained at nationally accredited Master degree programs, many associated with medical schools. Most programs are approximately 26 months (three academic years) and require the same prerequisite courses as medical schools including biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and physics. In addition, programs typically require approximately three years of prior healthcare training and experience.

While in PA school, students take courses in basic sciences, behavioral sciences and clinical medicine across subjects such as anatomy, pharmacology, microbiology, physiology, cardiology, pulmonology, and more.

They then complete a total of more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in a specialty area such as orthopedic surgery or neurosurgery:

To learn more about PA’s and how they are utilized in all medical/surgical fields, please visit AAPA.org.


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