If you want to become a physician assistant in the USA, you must undergo intensive medical programs for your education. These programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). It will usually take you 26 months to finish a PA program and there are 140 ARC-PA accredited programs in America.
The students that PA programs look for are hard working, have the desire to study, and is focused to serve the community. You must finish a four year bachelor’s degree course in college to enroll in a PA program. You must also have a health care experience to be in a PA program. Nurses, EMTs, and paramedics are usually the ones who apply for a PA program. The PA and the physician has a close working relationship. This is why the programs and the trainings for aspiring physician assistants complements the job of the physicians.
Physician assistant schools have classrooms and laboratory instructions focused on the basic sciences like anatomy, pharmacology, clinical medicine, physical diagnosis, and phatophysiology. After the classroom and laboratory classes, there will also be clinical rotations focused on internal medicine, geriatric medicine, emergency medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, surgery, and family medicine. After graduation, the education for physician assistant still continues. Physician assistants must have continuing medical education so that their skills and knowledge will be tested regularly. There are also postgraduate physician assistant programs that offers advance education for PA’s.
PA Certification and License
The usual requirement for every PA’s to acquire their license is graduating from a two year physician assistant program that is accredited by ARC-PA or at least state approved. After that, you have to pass the board examination for physician assistants. You also have to be at least 21 years old with no criminal record.