Physician Assistant Jobs
Physician assistants are as important as the physicians themselves – this is why it doesn’t come as a surprise that they also hold one of the top paying jobs that require a four-year college degree. They are tasked to examine and treat patients, prescribe medications, order and analyze lab tests including x-rays. However, the laws require the professional physicians directly supervise the work of the physician assistant.
The latter is likewise required to pass the Physician Assistant Certification administered by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Another required certification is being issued by the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), to become fully eligible as a PA-C.
The requirements are rigid, for certified students have to take at least one-hundred hours of continuing medical course credits every two years, and tackle the re-certification exams every six years. Some others choose to obtain a Master’s Degree to advance in their job positions.
The most important areas of concentration for a physician assistant program are pathology, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, primary care medicine, inpatient medicine, disease prevention, obstetrics, gynecology, geriatrics, surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics and psychiatry.
The U.S. News University Directory Graduate-Level for Physician Assistant Schools and Physician Assistant Programs, have ranked the following as the top physician assistant schools & colleges:
- University of Iowa College of Medicine in Westlawn, Iowa City
- Duke University –DUMC in Durham, NC
- Emory University in Atlanta, GA
- George Washington University in Washington, DC
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Harry Hines Boulevard Dallas, TX
- University of Utah School of Medicine in Chipeta Way Salt Lake City, UT