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How to Become a Physician Assistant in Delaware and Physician Assistant Programs in Delaware
If you are highly interested in becoming a physician assistant in Delaware, there are some things you will have to know. You might have heard about the growth of the medical assistant profession in this state, but these two separate professions are not to be confused. A physician's assistant tends to provide care directly under the supervision of a physician or a surgeon. As a result, physician's assistants tend to hold master's degrees along with an area of specialization that makes them valuable members of a medical team. Let's explore more about how to become a physician assistant in Delaware!
While physicians and surgeons tend to have almost ten years of college experience, a physician assistant in Delaware will usually have five to six years. This will include a bachelor's degree in a medically oriented field such as biology or pre-med, plus a master's degree that qualifies the candidate to become a physician's assistant. Physician's assistants are skilled in medical diagnosis and treatment; they understand the inner workings of the body as well as the ways that surgical interventions and medical drugs work. For all these reasons and more, licensure requirements are very strict in many states, including in Delaware.
Licensure standards vary by state and usually require completion of a graduate level program. In addition, you will be required to pursue certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. This is the only certifying body for physician assistants in the United States, offering credentials recognized in Delaware and elsewhere, and has been operating since 1975. Physician assistant licenses in Delaware are issued by the State Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline. When applying for licensure, most PAs will also apply for prescriptive authority at the same time. You will not be able to apply without NCCPA certification and proof of graduation from physician assistant programs in Delaware.
Physician assistants are positioned to experience 30% expansion in available positions in the decade 2010 to 2020. What's more, 24,700 more physician assistants will be hired by that time. This means that it is one of the fastest growing professional areas that require an advanced degree. Since licensure standards vary, moving from Delaware to another state may require some amount of retraining. However, since the NCCPA certification is recognized nationwide, many physician assistants will focus on maintaining this credential. Annual continuing education may be necessary to remain a physician assistant in good standing. Physician assistants may also choose to specialize in a particular area of medicine.
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