Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals who practice medicine under a doctor’s supervision in medical and surgical settings. They can perform routine exams, order lab work and X-rays, prescribe medicines, and counsel people about their health.
A physician assistant completes an accredited PA program after college. Then he or she is eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE).
Current as of: January 14, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Catherine Devany Serio, PhD – Psychology, Behavioral Health & Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD – Family Medicine & Brian O’Brien, MD, FRCPC – Internal Medicine