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What is a Physician Assistant?


A PA student suturing a patient during surgery rotation

Physician Assistants are highly qualified health care providers who have been prepared through a demanding academic and clinical curriculum to provide health care services under physician supervision. Physician assistants are nationally certified health care professionals who gather and evaluate medical data and participate in the process of clinical decision making, diagnosis, and therapeutic management.

What do physician assistants do?

  • Conduct physical exams
  • Diagnose and treat illnesses
  • Order and interpret tests
  • Counsel on preventive health care
  • Assist in surgery
  • Write prescriptions
  • Make rounds in nursing homes and hospitals

PAs’ responsibilities correspond to their supervising physicians’ practice.

All candidates who successfully complete the program will be awarded both the Master of Clinical Medical Science degree and the Physician Assistant Certificate.

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