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How to Become a Physician Assistant in New York - Physician Assistant Programs in New York

When you go into a doctor's office, you usually think that it is a nurse who checks your vital signs, gets your medical history, and assists the doctor with your treatment. For the most part, that is still accurate. However, more and more these days, doctor's offices are hiring physician assistants to fulfill these duties. Part of the reason for this is that there are few nurses available in the state of New York. The other is that doctors can be spread thin with all of their patients, and the physician assistant can actually treat and diagnose the patient, whereas a nurse can't do that. Under the supervision of a doctor, a physician assistant can do the patient's examination, order tests and imaging to be performed, interpret those tests and images, diagnose the patient, and then prescribe any medications that the patient may need.

Because of the tremendous amount of responsibility the physician assistant has in the doctor's office, they need to have a lot of education. In order to gain admittance to physician assistant programs in the state of New York, candidates need to have at least a bachelor's degree. You will spend time in the classroom as well as on the job, learning from a doctor or another physician assistant. Upon your graduation from the physician assistant program in New York, you will be required to become certified and licensed.

If you are a person who wants to work in the medical field in a position with a lot of responsibilities, then this is definitely the position for you. The physician assistant practically does everything a doctor does, but the difference is that they report to the doctor and get their opinion before making the final assessment and plan. It can be a stressful job, especially if you work for a doctor who has a lot of patients. But, if you would love to work with patients and not go to medical or nursing school, this is the career path to take.

Physician assistants in New York make somewhere around $85,000 a year. Some make more and some make less. Salary is relative to the area where you live and work as well as your level of experience in the field and the employer you work for. Naturally, if you work as a physician assistant for a major doctor's office in New York City, you will make more than someone who works at a family practice in a small, upstate city.

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