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Physician Assistant in Louisiana - Want to Become a Physician Assistant in Louisiana?

The job outlook for a physician assistant in Louisiana is excellent. Positions are expected to increase over thirty percent by 2020, with Louisiana's opportunity being greater than most of the United States because of its underserved medical community. Physician assistants are able to do almost as much as doctors do. One of the only things they are not allowed to perform is surgery, though they can assist surgeons and physicians during procedures. However, physician assistants do not have to complete as much education and training in order to work in the medical community. Physician assistants work in a variety of settings, including doctor and specialist offices, surgical centers, hospitals, outpatient care centers, professional schools, universities/colleges, and the government. Modern cable television has made the position famous through Divya, a physician assistant for a concierge medical practice in the USA Network show Royal Pains.

The requirements for becoming a physician assistant in Louisiana include getting a degree from an accredited training program. Accreditation for this field is administered by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation. Accredited Physician Assistant programs in Louisiana are offered by several schools, including Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and Our Lady of the Lake College. The good news is that Louisiana is actively pursuing the development of physician assistants, as there is a shortage of medical care providers in Louisiana.

Training programs for physician assistants include master's programs that last for two years to complete after a bachelor's degree in the field. After completing a training program at an accredited school, it is time to complete national certification. The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants provides certification for physician assistants. The test is called PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam). Covering basic medical and surgical knowledge, the PANCE is a multiple choice exam that is computer based.

After certification, the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners takes applications for licensing for physician assistants. Once certified and licensed, physician assistants can apply for positions in the medical community in Louisiana. The annual mean wage for a physician assistant in Louisiana is $74,450. This is slightly lower than the national annual mean wage for physician assistants is $89,470. However, though the wages are less than the national average, the job openings in Louisiana are more plentiful than in many areas of the United States. A physician assistant in Louisiana can have a rewarding medical career without all the years in medical school that is required of a physician.

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