Physician Assistant

A physician assistant does a lot of the same work that a physician does, such as taking a patients medical history information, asking about symptoms, checking for signs of illness, treating minor wounds, and writing prescriptions. However, the lack of a medical degree means physician assistants (PAs) cannot treat life-threatening health problems or perform surgery on their own; they can only assist a physician in those cases. The upside of this for PAs is they are paid well, they do not have to attend medical school, and they are not on call or forced to work on weekends. PAs must have a Bachelor’s degree with a pre-med focus, and they must pass a two-year medical program followed by a national certification exam. PAs must also take continuing medical education classes to maintain their certification.

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