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​Physician Assistant

​Description ​Physicians Assistants are trained in such tasks as screening patients, taking histories, performing physical exams, performing developmental screening exams for children, managing emergencies, etc.  A physician willing to accept responsibility may assign more complicated therapeutic procedures to the PA who has demonstrated ability.
​Degree  ​P.A.
​Program Length ​2 Years
​Professional Schools’ Organization ​AAPA (American Academy of Physician Assistants)
http://www.aapa.org
Application Service ​CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) – Currently used by 68 schools
http://www.caspaonline.org
​Academic Admission Requirements ​Varies with school but may include two semesters each:  Biology, Chemistry (some Organic/Biochemistry), Microbiology, Anatomy, and Physiology; one semester Math.  Also Psychology.
Admission Exam ​GRE (most), or MCAT
http://gre.org    or  http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat
Personal Attributes & Experiences ​Most PA programs require health care experience of applicants (e.g. EMT, volunteering in a hospital, orderly, nurses aide, nurse, etc.)  MOST programs expect life experience as well as medical experience.
​Recommendation Letters ​No standard form.
 

 

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