You won’t have a “Dr.” in front of your name as a physician assistant (PA). But it’s the next best thing to being there. As a PA, you’ll do much of what doctors do, from giving checkups and diagnosing illness to prescribing medication. While technically you’ll be under a doctor’s supervision, you’ll work very independently most of the time.
If you’re passionate about health care and have the personality and desire to be out there on the front lines, becoming a physician assistant may be just the path for you.
Physician assistants practice medicine under a doctor's supervision, doing almost everything that doctors do.
Most applicants to PA programs already have a bachelor's degree.
A science whiz who likes school -- you’ll be there for quite a while. An ability to work on your own with confidence is also critical.
PAs can prescribe medications in forty-eight states and the District of Columbia.