Physician Assistant

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

  • Overview of a Physician Assistant's Career - History, career description, employment characteristics, salary, educational programs, and licensure.
  • 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.
  • Physician Assistant Schools - Includes a comprehensive overview for students considering a career as as Physician Assistant (PA), including choosing a PA school, types of degrees, licensing and certification, cost of PA school, grants and financial aid/assistance, preparing for a career as a PA, and PA associations and journals.