In pursuit of becoming a Physician Assistant I have learned that there are requirements beyond my Bachelors Degree of Science in Health Science. In order to become a licensed Physician Assistant (P.A) I will need to successfully graduate from an accredited Physician Assistant Program which must be approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants. Followed by completing my P.A.N.C.E (Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam) which can only be administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants I can finally obtain my state license through the Indiana Health Professionals Bureau. In order to maintain my certifications and license to legally practice I will have to complete at least 100 hours of continuing medical education every 2 years, and take the Physician Assistant recertifying Exam every 6 years. However all this hard work and dedication will pay off as this career is in demand and demand is on the rise. The demand for Physicians Assistants and related careers are expected to increase 42% by the year 2018, and salary expectations are about $72,000 annually. Although the salary and job security is very attractive in itself once I am licensed and able to practice I will be able to stand beside a Physician and assist with surgeries, and other complicated procedures. Ultimately making my community a better place and advancing my future by helping patients in my area by diagnosing and treating their health care needs.
My Journey to Becoming a Physician Assistant
I am pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Health Science Degree with Kaplan University. By obtaining this degree it will enable me to pursue many different career paths/job opportunities for example I could become a Medical Assistant, Health Director, Dental Hygienist, Healthcare Administrator, or Physician Assistant just to name a...