Physician assistants are medical professionals who must work under the supervision of a licensed physician, but they also perform many of the same functions as a physician. They are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients, prescribe some medications, treat minor injuries, and assist in surgical procedures. Physician assistants are especially popular at large, metropolitan hospitals that offer many different services and treat large numbers of patients.
Many prospective physicians are instead drawn to physician assistant programs because assistantships require significantly less education and training. While doctors attend eight years of school and complete residencies, physician assistants usually have only a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, amounting to about six years of school, and do not have to complete a residency. Physician assistants also usually face fewer legal difficulties throughout the course of their career and work more reasonable hours. Certification is required, but the demands of the exams are much less significant than the demands of physician exams.
Now is an excellent time to go into the physician assistant profession. Medical facilities see the economic benefit of employing more physician assistants and fewer fully licensed physicians. Much higher than average employment growth is expected for this profession, and wages generally range from $68,210 to $97,070. The training for physician assistants can also prepare graduates for other high-paying careers in medicine.
This website offers school details to prospective students as an informational resource. The appearance of a school listing on this website should not be interpreted as an endorsement by the school of this site.
This website also offers school data. With the exception of the recommend rate percentage (which is the average based on the student reviews submitted to our partner site GradReports), all of the data was collected in 2014-2016 from the National Center for Education Statistics or from an official representative of the school. The NCES is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. The NCES data is updated annually as soon as it becomes available. The NCES does not release data into downloadable formats until it has been approved, so the most currently available data will not be for the most recent academic year. Salaries and job growth were collected in 2016-2017 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Financial aid information applies to those students who qualify for financial aid.
Colleges and Degrees takes no position with respect to the information or opinions expressed in the user comments/reviews and is not responsible for their content.