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  • Physician assistants are healthcare professionals who are authorized by the state to practice medicine as part of a team with physicians.

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    PAs are:

    • Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants  
    • Licensed, certified or registered in the state in which they practice 

    PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services, including: 

    • Conducting physical exams 
    • Obtaining medical histories
    • Diagnosing and treating illnesses 
    • Ordering and interpreting tests 
    • Counseling on preventive health care 
    • Assisting in surgery 
    • Prescribing medications 

    You can learn more about the profession on the Quick Facts page.

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