Physician Assistants (PAs) are health care professionals licensed by the state to practice medicine as delegated by and under the supervision of a physician. As a part of their responsibilities, PAs perform physical exams, diagnose illnesses, develop and carry out treatment plans, order and interpret lab tests, assist in surgery, provide patient education and in most states, prescribe medications.
Because of the close working relationship between PAs and 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 (NCCPA).
PAs are employed in virtually all types of health care settings including private offices, clinics and hospitals. PAs can practice in almost any field of medicine including family practice, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and orthopedics to name just a few.
The King’s College Department of Physician Assistant Studies began in 1975 and has over 30 years of experience in preparing students for the PA profession and provides sophisticated didactic and clinical training in all areas of general medicine. King’s College has graduated over 900 Physician Assistants who practice throughout the country in all areas of medicine.
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