What are requirements I need to meet in order to become a Physician Assistant?
In school a P.A. came in and discussed his job. It really interested me and I want to know more about the job. #physician-assistant #students-interested-in-career-as-physician-assistants
I'm a current PA student, so feel I can help you with some questions. In short, you need a bachelor's degree (in any major) to apply too most PA programs in the U.S. Then, most programs are at Masters degree level and 2-2.5 years long. This is an entry level education to become a certified PA, and you can start practising once you pass the certification exam and be licensed in the state you want to practice in.
The first thing that would help would be to take an interest and aptitude test to see if you have the personality traits that make PA's successful. Then, you can gain much by talking directly with PA's to learn about their experiences and get their suggestions.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
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Best things you can do are contact that PA or the nearest PA school and set up a shadow day. Best way to see how we work. Secondly, the internet has plenty of information on the subject. Good Luck.
Nearly all PA training programs require, at a minimum, a BS degree in one of the sciences, ie. Biology, Chemistry, Math.
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