Physician Assistant Training

Schools that offer physician assistant training courses offer one the chance to gain the credentials needed to attain employment as a physician assistant within 24 to 30 months, which is the time frame that it takes to complete a full-time Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies program. Before we continue it should be known that one can find work with only a Bachelors Degree but almost all working PA’s today have received their Masters Degree. PA training curriculum will entail all the knowledge needed to successfully carry out the physician assistant job description, but to give you an idea for what is expanded upon in class, below is a list of subjects:

  • Pharmacology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physical Diagnosis
  • Geriatrics
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Gynecology
  • Prenatal Care
  • Pathology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal Medicine

Now it should be known that when searching for a school to do your physician assistant training through, you must make sure the school is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) as a degree from a school accredited by the ARC-PA will provide one with the requirement needed to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). A physician’s assistant training degree program will include both learning in a classroom as well as a large portion dedicated to clinical training where students go to a health care facility and learn from the PA’s working on staff, which the clinical training is done usually the last year of training. This section will also provide hands-on training providing the students to learn by doing, offering them great hands-on experience that will help them succeed when they first start working as a physician assistant.

Due to the fact the physician assistant training demands students to study and attend class full time, many different programs advise students to strictly focus on their studies by only attending school and not holding a job during the entirety of the degree program. Completing a physician assistant program will allow one to enter into the health care industry but do not want to attend medical school.

Specialty Physician Assistant Training

Now when one has attained a certain amount of experience in the PA field they can choose to study a certain physician assistant specialty and become a specialized physician assistant which will allow one to focus their energy on one aspect of the field as well as earn a much better income. Some of the specialty physician assistant training residencies that are offered are in specialties that include; surgery, dermatology, oncology, pediatrics, mental health, cardiology, anesthesiology and emergency medicine.

Continuing Physician Assistant Training

Now gaining a physician assistant degree is the first part of your training, but to make sure you stay up to snuff when it comes to the most recent knowledge, working PA’s are required to complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years in order to keep their license active. This continuing education will also prepare one to take the physician assistant recertification exam which is done every two years as well.