Health Care Careers: Physician Assistant (PA). What is a Physician Assistant?

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Does the idea of spending four years in medical school intimidate you? Not to mention at least three years in internship and residency? In spite of these fears, do you still have a strong desire to practice medicine?

Do you already have experience working in health care?

If these questions describe you, becoming a Physician Assistant may be the perfect option for you.

US News and World Report describes it as one of the 31 Careers with Bright Futures in 2008. Here’s what they have to say:

Don’t confuse physician assistants with medical assistants, who aren’t qualified to do much more than take your blood pressure. Physician assistants do 80 percent of what doctors do: conduct exams, diagnose conditions, prescribe medications, even assist in surgery. While PAs are supervised by physicians, they have considerable autonomy. And while pay isn’t doctorlike, it’s far from sickly.

The Physician Assistant career is one of fastest growing occupations in the country.

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Physician Assistant (PA) Programs in Alabama


There are two Physician Assistant program in Alabama. They are located in Birmingham at UAB and Mobile at University of South Alabama. Learn more about the programs here:

Surgical Physician Assistant Program at UAB

University of South Alabama Physician Assistant Studies Program

Apply to the Physician Assistant programs in Alabma through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) Good luck!

Physician Assistant (PA) Programs in Vermont

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Unfortunately, there are no Physician Assistant programs in Vermont. The closest programs geographically are in New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine.

New Hampshire Physician Assistant Programs

New York Physician Assistant Programs

Connecticut Physician Assistant Programs

Massachusetts Physician Assistant Programs

Maine Physician Assistant Programs

Physician Assistant (PA) Programs in West Virginia

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There are two Physician Assistant programs in West Virginia. One is at Alderson Broaddus College in Phillipi, WV and the other is at Mountain State University in Beckly, WV.
Learn about the programs here:

Alderson Broaddus College Physician Assistant Program

Mountain State University Physician Assistant Program

Good luck!

Physician Assistant (PA) Programs in Wyoming

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Unfortunately there are no Physician Assistant programs in the state of Wyoming. For the closest programs geographically check out programs in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, South Dakota or Nebraska.

Colorado Physician Assistant Programs

Idaho Physician Assistant Programs

Montana Physician Assistant Programs

Utah Physician Assistant Programs

South Dakota Physician Assistant Programs

Nebraska Physician Assistant Programs

Good luck!

Physician Assistant (PA) Programs in Washington


There is only one Physician Assistant program in Washington State. It is located in Seattle at the University of Washington campus.

Learn more about the program here:

MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies

Apply to the Physician Assistant program at University of Washington through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

Good luck!