What does a physician assistant do? (taken from UK's Physician Assistant's Web Page)
The physician assistant functions under the supervision and responsibility of a licensed physician and is competent to:
- elicit a comprehensive health history
- perform physical examinations
- interpret and evaluate diagnostic data
- establish basic treatment plans
- counsel and educate patients
- respond to commonly encountered emergency care situations
Physician assistants serve in a variety of clinical settings, such as primary care practices, geriatric long-term care facilities, hospitals, correctional institutions and community-based clinics. Program graduates also are competitive for positions in clinical research, health care administration and higher education. For more information on what a PA is, see web link below.
Important Web Links
- American Academy of Physician Assistants
- What is a PA?
- For more details on specific Physician Assistant Programs, see the following school:
- GRE information and application