Before You Go--Preparing for International Practice
International Employment and Training
PA program applicants must complete two years of college courses in basic and behavioral sciences as prerequisites. Most students have a bachelor’s degree and about three years of health care experience before entering a PA program.
Accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), PA programs are approximately 27 months long and include classroom instruction and clinical rotations. Visit ARC-PA or the Physician Assistant Education Association to learn about accredited PA programs.
Only graduates of accredited PA programs may take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. PA graduates who pass the PANCE use the title Physician Assistant-Certified or PA-C.
To maintain national certification, PAs must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and take a recertification exam every six years.
In order to practice, PAs must obtain a state license. All states require that PAs graduate from an accredited PA program and pass the PANCE.
PAs deliver a range of medical and surgical services, including
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