Physician assistant

Kyle Teela

Physician assistant

What they do:

Physician assistants practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. They go to school to learn how to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment.


What it takes to become one:

Physician assistants have complete an accredited educational program. These programs usually end up with a master’s degree. All states require physician assistants to be licensed.


What they do:

Physician assistants work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, and other healthcare settings. Most work full time. They can pretty much do what doctors can except the surgeries.


Education:

One year of biologyBIO 1/1L - Contemporary Biology
BIO 2/2L - Introduction to Molecular Biology

One year of chemistryCHEM 2 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 10 - General Chemistry II

Additional courses in biologyBIO 120/120L - General Microbiology
BIO 161 - Human Physiology
BIO 164 - Human Anatomy

WritingWRI 10 - College Reading and Composition

Math MATH 18 - Statistics for Scientific Data Analysis
MATH 32 - Probability & Statistics
PSY 10 - Analysis of Psychological Data

Social sciencesANTH 1 - Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
PSY 1 - Introduction to Psychology
SOC 1 - Introduction to Sociology

Courses in the humanities
Some schools require additional courses in arts, humanities and foreign languages

http://prehealth.ucmerced.edu/professions/physician-assistant

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Average pay:

$90,930 per year.


Skills needed:

Observant, Communication, Intellectual, behavior and social skills.

http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/physician_assistant/technical_standards


Where they work:

Physician assistants work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, and other healthcare settings. Most work full time.


Job out look:

It's raising 38% per year which is a ridiculous speed compared to normal.


Video of career:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3yFYnFakxM


Sites used:

http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/physician_assistant/technical_standards

http://prehealth.ucmerced.edu/professions/physician-assistant

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm