Physician Assistants (PA's) work under the supervision of a medical doctor or a doctor of osteopathy. PA's are required to complete both academic coursework and clinical training. A PA's primary role is to deliver diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative medical services and may also include that of researcher, educator, or administrator. Graduates of a PA program must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) to receive state licensure.
The links below provide helpful information on locating Physician Assistant schools, educational clinical requirements, certification, employment and salary, an application service, and state licensure requirements.
Physician Assistant Resource Links
- Physicians Assistant Requirements - The information included on this website is comprised of licensing guides,details on pursing a specialty area of practice, earning a certificate of added qualification (CAQ), preparing for the PANCE exam and salary data that will help individuals get in to and advance in their career.
- California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA) - Includes a list of California Physician Assistant schools, including Loma Linda University, San Joaquin Valley College, and University of California, Davis, with links to websites.
- Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) - Participating programs, FAQ's, and PA Programs Directory.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook - Nature of work, training, employment, job outlook, projections, wages and earnings, and additional resources.
- American Academy of Physician Assistants - About physician assistants, physician assistant programs, education and certification, state and federal advocacy and practice resources, and physician assistant news.