PA education is rigorous.
PAs are educated at the master’s degree level. Incoming PA students bring with them an average of more than 3,000 hours of direct patient contact experience, such as having worked as paramedics, athletic trainers, or medical assistants.
After graduation, PAs must become nationally certified and state licensed in order to practice medicine. They are licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories.
PA students complete 2,000 hours of clinical rotations over the course of their three academic-year degree programs
PAs have more than 519 million patient interactions a year.
PAs practice in
every work setting.
2022 AAPA Salary Survey. All data based on clinically practicing PAs in the U.S.
*Other refers to a variety of work settings including but not limited to schools/universities, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes and correctional facilities.
PAs take a recertification exam (the Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam, or PANRE) every 10 years. They are also required to complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years. That means PAs are always up to date on the latest in medicine.
PAs make healthcare more human.
A hallmark of the PA profession is a commitment to patient education. PAs believe patients deserve to understand what a diagnosis means for your daily life, why a particular treatment was chosen, and what you can do to improve your own health.
Because providing quality care means knowing what to do, and helping you understand why.