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Physician Assistant in Florida - Steps to Becoming a Florida Physician Assistant
Physician Assistants are able to do almost all the duties of doctors, but the training required is much shorter. Knowing how to become a physician assistant in Florida starts with becoming aware that all states (including Florida) require physician assistants to be licensed. The licensing is preceded by training. Physician assistant programs in Florida are programs that prepare students examine patients, diagnose their problems, and treat them. There are very few normal activities which they are not qualified to do, like performing surgery. Physician assistant programs are typically two years in length, and most often lead to a master's degree. However, there are some bachelor's degrees and even associate degrees which train physician assistants.
The training physician assistant program in Florida must be approved by the state boards. Accredited programs are usually approved, but students should always double check, so they do not waste time in a program that will not lead to licensing. Certification for a physician assistant in Florida is the same as it is for any other state, through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). The NCCPA has a national certifying exam, PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam), that is a computer-based, multiple choice test on basic medical and surgical knowledge. The cost to take the exam is $435.
By 2020, the number of jobs available for physician assistants is expected to rise at least thirty percent. In fact, experts say that this field is one of the best occupations to pursue because of its low training requirements, job outlook, and average pay. The mean annual wage for a physician assistant in Florida is nearly the same as the national average wage ($86,410). After you become a physician assistant in Florida, you will need to maintain certification with continuing education. The Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE) is also overseen by the NCCPA. It costs $350 to take and consists of a multiple choice test that is also computer administered. Both certifying and recertifying exams are given at Pearson VUE testing centers.
Further study in specialized physician assistant programs in Florida can offer specializations that can provide jobs in specific niches of the medical field. There are over 165 accredited programs in the physician assistant field. Physician assistant programs in Florida are offered at Nova Southeastern, the University of Florida, Barry University, South University, A. T. Still University of Health Sciences, Duquesne University, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, and more schools.
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