The professional education of a physician assistant is obtained at an accredited Physician Assistant program. Many of these programs are affiliated with a medical school. In addition to a Certificate of Completion, a Bachelor of Science or a Master of Science degree is also earned. The professional segment of the program is usually two to three years in duration. A national certifying examination is required.
Prior to admittance to a Physician Assistant program, you must complete the "prerequisites," a set of courses in science and communications required by that school. For a complete list of P.A. programs and their prerequisites, consult the handbook:
Physician Assistant Programs Directory
For information on the publication described above or other publications related to physician assistant programs, membership in the AAPA, and government and professional issues, contact The American Academy of Physician Assistants
For a list of accredited physician assistant programs in the U.S., and their WWW links, contact AAPA Physician Assistant Programs
For information on joining the Student Academy of the AAPA, contact Student Academy of the AAPA