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How can I become a physician's assistant?

Training programs: Manymedical centers offer training programs for PAs. You will need a college degree with a good record. It helps if you have had some medical experience or at least a scientific background. PA schools are very competitive. Google PA programs to see which are out there. ...Read more

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Can a doctor who goes through medical school but doesnt do a residency become a physician assistant?

Probably: Probably but they still have to take exams and get licensed. However, why would someone go through all those 4 years and the tremendous expense to be a PA when PA school is shorter and less expensive? ...Read more

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Should I become a physician assistant or family nurse practitioner (emergency focus) to work in the er?

Should I become a physician assistant or family nurse practitioner (emergency focus) to work in the er?

Doesn't matter: Either one is fine. It really depends on your state's laws and local hospitals' regulations on how independent each can be and the prescribing rules for each. The training is different. An np needs to be an rn (with experience) first. A pa goes to school straight from college. There is a training period after each but that varies based on your specialization (e.g. Emergency). ...Read more

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What is physician assistant vs nurse clinician?

What is physician assistant vs nurse clinician?

NP vs PA: Nps and pas may overlap in many aspects of being physician extenders. Nurse practicianers obtain a bachelors degree in nursing and then additional training to be a np. Physician assistance usually obtain a masters degree. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about physician assistant vs. physician?

Can you tell me about physician assistant vs. physician?

Sort of like an RN,: but not trained by nurses; instead trained by physicians. Nurse training typically emphasizes current routines of disease treatment/management. Physician training typically emphasizes background issues & theories of body function & diseases. Physician approach typically more flexible. Yet always extremely dependant on the viewpoints/background/interests/biases of the individual(s) involved. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get in to see a physician assistant?

Call around: This is highly variable and the best way to find out is to call around and ask. ...Read more

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Should i be a physician assistant? Is this a good career choice?

Should i be a physician assistant? Is this a good career choice?

Terrific choice: PAs are in strong demand, get paid well and have a great deal of prestige. It is obviously a much shorter track than becoming a regular doctor so it is quicker and cheaper to become one. Yet you have frequently equivalent responsibilities and a strong likelihood of lifetime employment. Go for it. ...Read more

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What can a physician assistant specialize in and how much would he earn in each specialty?

What can a physician assistant specialize in and how much would he earn in each specialty?

Many choices: Once graduated from an accredited pa program and passing certifying exams, many pa's work in primary care situations. They can also take additional specialty training and work as extenders in physician specialists' offices. Salaries depend on the practice and job offer. ...Read more

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Whats the difference in work and knowledge between that of physician assistant vs. physicians?

Whats the difference in work and knowledge between that of physician assistant vs. physicians?

PA: Physicians get a very comprehensive education, they need to go through undergrad, then 4 years of medical school then at least 3 years of residency training and they need to take different national boards.Physician assistants get the undergrad degree and do Master's degree and they need to practice under physicians supervision. They are called mid-level practitioners as well. ...Read more

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Recommended to a gastronolgist. Long trip to meet w him. Met with the physician assistant instead cause he was busy. Is that common for first consult?

Recommended to a gastronolgist. Long trip to meet w him. Met with the physician assistant instead cause he was busy. Is that common for first consult?

Yes: It is a useful way to screen patients so the specialist is used to their best advantage. This is why the profession of physician's assistants was created. ...Read more

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What does a surgical physician assistant do?

What does a surgical physician assistant do?

Helps the surgeon: Surgery is very complicated and the surgeon needs to be assisted in the use of some of the instruments. ...Read more

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Should I become a nurse practitioner or physician assistant?

Whatever you want: You can do either one. Just have to look at the training requirements. ...Read more

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How do a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant differ?

PA vs NP: Training and education>pa has less training and education than np who must be a registered nurse before going for the np degree. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is physician assistant and a medical assistant the same?

Hoping you can tell me, is physician assistant and a medical assistant the same?

No very different.: A physician's assistant actually provides medical care under a doctor's supervision. They have several years of post secondary education. They earn an average of > $81, 000 per year. A medical assistant usually has 6 months to 1 year of training. Not all states require certification. They assist with administrative & clinical duties.They earn $19, 000 to $28, 000 annually. ...Read more

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It is possible that a physician assistant prescribe basic medications for family members or friends?

Not recommended: Not recommended, but they can, but are prohibited from prescribing controlled substance to family members just like physicians are, check your own states rules. ...Read more

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How long does it take to become a ER physician assistant, to help take care of people in the er?

How long does it take to become a ER physician assistant, to help take care of people in the er?

2 yrs after college: Most physicians assistant programs are 2 year degrees after completing a bachelors degree. However, to get into a pa program they will want you to have experience in a medical setting so this can add time to your path. ...Read more