Pediatric Physician Assistant Job Description
If you are wondering about what you would be doing on a daily basis as a pediatric physician assistant, they work with patients who are anywhere from 0 to 17 and work in places such as; physicians offices, hospitals, burn wards, intensive care units among others. The job description of a pediatric PA is:
- Obtaining medical history.
- Administer different tests on patients which will help them both diagnose and treat illnesses.
- Prescribe medication to patients after receiving approval from the physician, although some states have laws that do not allow PA’s to prescribe medication yet.
- Order tests for patients like labs, x-rays, EMG’s, CT scans and more.
- Patient care that can include; immunizations, wound suturing, caring for wounds and injections.
- Giving referrals to other patients if cases are severe.
- Constructing healthcare regimens that will enable the patient to recover, which can include following patients progress and lack thereof, as well as making tweaks along the way.
- Order medical equipment and supplies.
- Interpreting results of tests to parents of guardians.
Pediatric Physician Assistant Requirements
In order to become a pediatric physician assistant, you must be complete a couple different requirements, which are:
- A physician assistant program that is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant(ARC-PA), which there are currently 159 different accredited schools in the US. In order to be accepted into one of these programs, you must fulfill certain requirements, which differ depending on which program you apply to, but have requirements that can consist of; Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, certain prerequisite courses in areas like Psychology and Chemistry along with Math and Anatomy & Physiology among others which need to be completed with a C or better, letters of reference, hands-on medical experience, background and drug tests.
- Passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) which is administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
- One can choose to complete a pediatric physician assistant residency which usually lasts about a year and allows one to become more qualified in the pediatric PA specialty, giving one better opportunity for getting a job.
Pediatric Physician Assistant Salary
Physician assistant specialty salaries have been said to range anywhere from as high as $100,000 to $150,000 per year, along with things like bonuses, profit sharing, and excellent benefits. Considering the pediatric physician assistant is one of the major specialties, this salary range applies to the profession This range is bound to go higher and the demand for physician assistants is skyrocketing, as the Bureau of Labor statistics states the PA profession will experience an increase an employment of 39 percent over the 10 year period of 2008 to 2018, due mostly to the fact that the healthcare organizations see the physician assistants as being a very cost effective hire due to the fact that a PA can due about 80 percent of the job duties that a physician can do. Also, the average salary for a physician assistant as of 2010 was $96,876.