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Physician Assistant Programs in West Virginia How to Become a Physician Assistant in West Virginia

A physician assistant is a part of a medical team at a hospital or clinic. The physician assistant is authorized by the state in which he or she works in to help administer and practice medicine. The main responsibility of a physician assistant is to ensure that patients are being treated for illnesses and educated on prevention of illnesses and diseases. The basic tasks a physician assistant can perform include performing exams, diagnose illnesses, create orders for tests, and write prescriptions. In the state of West Virginia a physician assistant can make approximately $75,000 a year.

If you wish to become a physician assistant in the state of West Virginia there are a few things you must do. The first thing you have to do is attend one of the accredited physician assistant programs in West Virginia. West Virginia only has two schools that offer a physician assistant program that is recognized by the Accreditation Review Committee for the Physician Assistant. Attending a program that is offered by one of these two schools is important because you cannot take the licensure test if you have not attended and passed an accredited program.

After attending and completing an accredited physician assistant program you must obtain your licensure and certification in the state of West Virginia. The West Virginia Board of Medicine is in charge of issuing licensures to physician assistants. In addition to taking and passing the physician assistant program, you must also take and pass an examination given by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Once passed you will pay a small fee, approximately $200 and receive your licensure. You will need to update and renew this license every two years.

The last thing you must do is obtain your certification as a physician assistant. The certification test is issued by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. This agency will issue a test known as the PANCE or Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. The test shows that you have the knowledge, skills and understanding to perform the tasks needed to be a physician assistant. This certification is nationally recognized and is valid for two years. If you wish to keep your certification you will need to re-test every two years in order to keep that certification. Before you can take your re-test you will be required to attend 100 hours of continuing education courses to keep up-to-date on the latest information in the field.

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West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone: (304) 558-3572
Fax: (304) 558-4367

West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone: (304) 558-3596
Fax: (304) 558-3666

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