Information about Physician Assistants (PA)s and the PA Profession
“Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. A PA's practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.
Because of the close working relationship the PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of PAs in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. To maintain their national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a recertification every six years. Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.
Supplied by the American Academy of Physician Assistants
For more information about Physician Assistants, visit www.aapa.org
Nurse Practitioners partner with our physicians to provide high quality healthcare services. They have graduate, advanced and clinical training beyond their registered nurse education and are licensed by the state. Nurse Practitioners diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems by performing and interpreting diagnostic tests, such as lab work and x-rays, and prescribing medications and other treatments.
For more information about Nurse Practitioners, visit www.aanp.org