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Become A Family Practice Physician Assistant

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Working As A Family Practice Physician Assistant

  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $115,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Family Practice Physician Assistant Do At Insync Healthcare Recruiters

* Provide primary care and preventative care for patients in assigned care facilitiesSee an average of 15 patients per dayCollaborate with the nursing staff and administration at each facilityWork with community primary care physiciansPHYSICIAN ASSISTANT HIGHLIGHTSGreat base salary plus bonusFull benefits package including paid malpractice, CME, 15 days PTO, life insuranceMileage reimbursementGrowth potential into management positionsThe Mile
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How To Become A Family Practice Physician Assistant

Physician assistants typically need a master’s degree from an accredited educational program. Earning that degree usually takes at least 2 years of full-time postgraduate study. All states require physician assistants to be licensed.

Education

Most applicants to physician assistant education programs already have a bachelor’s degree and some healthcare-related work experience. Although admissions requirements vary from program to program, most programs require 2 to 4 years of undergraduate coursework with a focus in science. Many applicants already have experience as registered nurses or as EMTs and paramedics before they apply to a physician assistant program.

Physician assistant education programs usually take at least 2 years of full-time study. About 200 education programs were accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) in 2014. Almost all of these accredited programs offer a master’s degree.

Physician assistant education includes classroom and laboratory instruction in subjects such as pathology, human anatomy, physiology, clinical medicine, pharmacology, physical diagnosis, and medical ethics. The programs also include supervised clinical training in several areas, including family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and pediatrics.

Sometimes students serve in one or more clinical rotations in these areas under the supervision of a physician who is looking to hire a physician assistant. In this way, clinical rotations may lead to permanent employment.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states and the District of Columbia require physician assistants to be licensed. To become licensed, candidates must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). A physician assistant who passes the exam may use the credential “Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C).”

To keep their certification, physician assistants must complete 100 hours of continuing education every 2 years. The recertification exam is required every 10 years.

In addition, state licensure laws require physician assistants to hold an agreement with a supervising physician. Although the physician does not need to be onsite at all times, collaboration between physicians and physician assistants is required for practice.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physician assistants must explain complex medical issues in a way that patients can understand. They must also effectively communicate with doctors and other healthcare workers to ensure that they provide the best possible patient care.

Compassion. Physician assistants deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. They must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physician assistants should be observant and have a strong ability to focus when evaluating and treating patients.

Emotional stability. Physician assistants, particularly those working in surgery or emergency medicine, should be able to work well under pressure. They must remain calm in stressful situations in order to provide quality care.

Problem-solving skills. Physician assistants need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They must be diligent when investigating complicated medical issues so that they can determine the best course of treatment for each patient.

Advancement

Some physician assistants pursue additional education in a specialty. Postgraduate educational programs are available in areas such as emergency medicine and psychiatry. To enter one of these programs, a physician assistant must be a graduate of an accredited program and be certified by the NCCPA.

As they gain greater clinical knowledge and experience, physician assistants can earn new responsibilities and higher wages. For example, experienced physician assistants may supervise other staff and physician assistant students or they may become an executive leader of a healthcare organization.

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Family Practice Physician Assistant Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    63.0%
  • Male

    36.1%
  • Unknown

    0.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.3%
  • Asian

    11.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.1%
  • Unknown

    1.9%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    75.0%
  • Portuguese

    12.5%
  • French

    12.5%

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Top Skills for A Family Practice Physician Assistant

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Top Family Practice Physician Assistant Skills

  1. Family Practice Patients
  2. Comprehensive Physical Examinations
  3. Clinical Setting
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Obtain detailed, accurate medical history and perform comprehensive physical examinations on patients.
  • Provide comprehensive medical care for university adolescent and adult patient population in a clinical setting.
  • Involved in all aspects of patient care with a focus on pediatrics and women's health.
  • Provided primary care and health education services to rural pediatric and adult populations.
  • Order and interpret lab tests and other diagnostic procedures.

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