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How to Become a Physician Assistant in Arizona-Physician Assistant Programs in Arizona

Physician assistants perform routine medical examinations and can administer treatment such as setting a bone when it has been broken or provide immunizations. These can be performed by the physician assistant in Arizona only under the supervision of a registered physician in the state. In order to become a physician assistant in Arizona, one must pass the national exam that certifies physician assistants. There are specific requirements that must be met before taking the exam. In Arizona, PAs normally turn to the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants. They provide guidance for current and new PAs.

In order to qualify to take the physician assistant exam in Arizona, the applicant must have completed an approved physician assistant program in Arizona. Typically these programs offer at minimum a bachelor degree, but most offer master degree level training and degree. A. T. Still University of Arizona offers an entry level PA program that leads to a master degree after completed. This is a 26 month full time program that also offers a clinical component. This offers great hands on training for those who are interested in becoming a physician assistant.

Midwestern University located in Glendale offers a PA program that is 27 months long. This program also leads to a master degree upon completion. During the second year in this program, the student will have their clinical studies at surrounding hospitals and clinics. There are certain requirements that one must meet before accepted into this program, as well as the PA program at A.T. Still University of Arizona. This requirement is to have a bachelor degree. After this program is completed, the student can take the physician assistant exam. Once they pass the exam, they can be certified to work as physician assistants in the state of Arizona.

Some PA students have had previous medical experience as a paramedic or an EMT. This helps pave the way for them to become a PA. There are additional ethics regulations that must be met in order to finalize the certification in the state of Arizona. The applicant is required to have a criminal background check and be free and clear of any felony or misdemeanor charges. There are continuing education courses that a PA can take to be sure and stay up to date with all of the new laws, practices and technology in the medical industry. This is available through the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants.

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