What is a Physician Assistant?

What is a Physician Assistant?

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A Physician Assistant (PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed professional who has completed advanced coursework and clinical education.

Physician Assistants have the authority to practice independently and:
  • Perform comprehensive and focused physical examinations
  • Diagnose and treat acute illnesses and injuries
  • Provide immunizations
  • Manage chronic health problems
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests (x-rays, MRIs, etc.) and laboratory tests
  • Prescribe medications and therapies
  • Perform procedures
  • Educate and counsel families regarding healthy lifestyles and healthcare options
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