Topic: I would like to know a lot about a physician assistant?
June 16, 2019 / By Brenda Question:
I am 16 and I want to see if a physician assistant is a great career for me. I would like to know how long u go to school for, and the avg sallaries, and what they MOSTLY do, PLEASE and THANKS.:)
Alexandrea | 10 days ago
Hi--I am going to tell you what schooling is now, but by the time you are ready; I will probably be a masters degree uniformly; so just aim for that. Currently some programs give a bachelors as the PA degree (and a tiny amount do less); but like I said, the move is to the masters. So you get an undergraduate bachelors in a pre-med type curricula. Most schools require some sort of health care experience (MA, RN, EMT, paramedic, lab tech etc) and then you do the masters which is 24-33 months long. It is generally modeled on the med school--first year is mostly lecture; then clinical rotations. For the masters part you do a project/thesis.
The median salary is about $78-82,000/year. The surgical specialties are paid the most (cardio thoracic etc; at around 105,000). You can do a residency after you graduate in a specialty if you want--that is another year.
As to what PAs do; they can do pretty much what their supervising doctor can do. They are trained to do physical exams, order & interpret tests & labs & xrays; write prescriptions, diagnose, evaluate treatments, do surgery (first assist), procedures (depends on their area--such as intubations, lacerations, dislocations, chest tubes, set bones, cast, etc etc). They work relatively independently, under the auspices of a supervising doctor. You still see your own patients & do things but you have the doc as a back-up and a second opinion, so to speak, which is very comforting. A great doc will teach you tons, But again, a derm PA does derm stuff, a surgical PA see patients pre op, manages them in the ICU and assists with surgery--so it varies as much as it does for docs.
Despite that other answer, the days of PAs taking grief from everyone are pretty much gone. They have integrated (except for some small instances) pretty much into the fabric of the health care team.
The national organization is aapa.org; and all states have a state chapter as well, where you can get info. Good luck; it is a great career.
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No, they are fairly portable, but you do need to get a new license in each state you go to which can be expensive and take time. You would need to plan ahead. You can work locums, per diem, clinics etc and do not need to be tied to a practice.
PA's take a lot of crap from doctors, nurses and patients because they are the assistant (not a real doctor). the courses you have to take in school is ridiculous and the pay really isnt worth it. you might as well become a doctor instead. depending on the state they make almost the same or a little more than nurses with less time in school.
You DON"T have to go to school 6 years to be a physician's assistant. You can go through a trade school and have a certificate in it in less than a year. If people had go to school for 6 years to be one why not be a doctor for just 2 years more lol.
you need bachelors (4 years ) and then 2 year masters (some 3 years) and the pay is great anywhere from 68 to 90k learn more at puremedicalJobs.com PA page