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School of Physician Assistant Studies

If you are caring, detail-oriented, thrive on responsibility, and have a passion for healthcare, a Physician Assistant program may be right for you.

Understanding the Physician Assistant Role in Healthcare

Physician Assistants, or PAs, are healthcare professionals who work with a physician to provide medical care in a variety of specialties and clinical settings. Physician Assistants are trained to assess healthcare issues, perform physical exams, provide preventative care, counsel behavioral health issues, and diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses and injuries. There are over 100,000 practicing Physician Assistants serving in private practice, in the military and federal government, in clinics and hospitals, and overseas.

Characteristics of the PA Role
  • Will be both patient-facing and under the direct supervision of a medical doctor/licensed physician
  • Could be the primary assessment figure on the healthcare team in an emergency room setting
  • Could be the primary assessment figure providing treatment and counsel in ambulatory clinics (walk-up clinics)
  • Must be strong and clear communicators who work well under pressure
  • Best suited for individuals who have high compassion along with an unquestionable desire to solve problems
  • Must be capable of interacting with patients of all ages and all walks of life in various (and sometimes difficult) circumstances
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Fill an Important Healthcare Role as a PA

Did you know that PAs can help expand a physician’s practice base and increase access to healthcare in rural and medically underserved areas? With experienced faculty and a personalized approach to education, South College can help you start working toward a career in this rewarding role!
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