Physician Assistant Master's Program

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What does a Physician Assistant do?

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a licensed health professional who works under the supervision of a physician. The Physician Assistant reduces the physician's workload by taking over duties traditionally reserved for physicians and as delegated by the physician, including:

  • Taking health histories
  • Physical examinations
  • Treatment planning
  • Diagnosing
  • Ordering therapeutic procedures
  • Patient counseling
  • Assisting in surgery
  • Assisting physicians in health care institutions and patient homes
  • Prescribing medications

Education and certification

PAs are typically educated at the master's graduate level; by 2020 a master's degree will be required for all new entrants to the profession. After graduation, PAs must obtain certification with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and work with a supervisory physician. 

Career opportunities

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota is ranked third among states with the highest occupational demand for physician assistants, producing occupational vacancies at the rate of 80 new jobs per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for PAs will grow by 39 percent between 2008 and 2018.

Admissions contact information

Graduate Admissions
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811

(866) 478-9277

gradstudies@css.edu

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