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How to Become a Physician Assistant in Pennsylvania and Find the Right Physician Assistant Program in Pennsylvania

If you have wondered how to become a physician assistant in Pennsylvania, you can start by understanding the role a PA plays in the hospital, clinic, or private practice setting. PA's in Pennsylvania and all across the U.S. are professionals who are licensed to practice medicine under physician supervision. They conduct examinations, diagnose illness and injury, order and read tests, counsel patients, assist in surgical proceedings, and act with autonomy in relationship to the physician. PA's may also write prescriptions. All physician assistants' are required to put in 100 hours of continue education every two years and sit for a recertification exam every six. As of May, 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of a physician assistant was $86,410 with a required Master's degree upon entering the profession. The continued employment outlook for a PA over the next ten years is an increase of 30%, which is on track with certain other health care professions but far higher than the average due to the continuing need for healthcare providers. In Pennsylvania if you live in the Allentown area, you can expect to make, on average, about $85,434, $90,863 in Harrisburg, and $93,905 in Philadelphia. Physician assistants' must be trained in programs that meet the accreditation requirements set by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Candidates for this profession must complete a 2-year master's physician assistant program. In the first year you would take health science courses including biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, pathology, pharmacology, and disease prevention. In the following year you would begin your clinical experience in the areas of emergency medicine, primary care, inpatient medicine, surgery, geriatrics, psychiatry, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. Physician Assistant Bachelor's Degree (BA-PA) programs are also available and are 4-year programs. There are many great physician assistant programs to be found in Pennsylvania. You must make the decision based on location, tuition, and other factors as to which program will best work for you. Located across the state, a sampling of available programs include Arcadia University in Glenside, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, DeSales University in Center Valley, Drexel University in Philadelphia, Gannon University in Erie, King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Marywood University in Scranton, Misericordia University in Dallas, Seton Hall University in Greensburg, University of Pittsburg in Pittsburg, and the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. Any one of these programs and others will help start you on the path to success.

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