Career Opportunities for Majors in Physician Assistant


Physician assistants are formally trained to work under the supervision of physicians. Responsibilities include taking medical histories, performing physical exams, ordering and interpreting laboratory tests and x-rays, making preliminary diagnoses, treating minor injuries, and in some states, prescribing medication. Opportunities exist in areas such as surgery, emergency medicine, intensive care medicine, psychiatry, geriatrics, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, inpatient medicine, and pediatrics.

The supervising physician may delegate to the physician assistant those medical procedures and other tasks that are performed within the normal scope of the physician's practice. The physician assistant is subject to the limitations set forth by the supervising physician in addition to the laws, rules, and regulations determined by the state. Registration or licensure of physician assistants varies from state to state. Qualifications set by the state licensing authority must be met. Typically, certification is for six years and must be accompanied by 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years.

There are two routes of entry into this program. Most students are admitted directly into the three year masters program after earning a bachelor's degree and completing the required courses. Another route of entry is for students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree. The "3+3" option allows students to apply in April of their second undergraduate year. There students may be admitted into the articulated BA/MS program.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Anesthesiologist Assistant Nurse Midwife Physicial Therapist
Child Health Associate Nurse Practitioner Respiratory Therapist
Clinical Psychologist Occupational Therapist Speech and Hearing Clinician
Dental Assistant Optometric Assistant Surgeon's Assistant
Emergency Medical Technician Orthopedic Physician Assistant Surgical Technician
Nurse Anesthetist Pathologist Assistant Urological Physician Assistant

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Academic medical centers Medical groups Resorts / Hotels
Extended care facilities Nursing homes Satellite clinics
Health Maintenance Organizations Private Practice Offices Student health services
Hospitals Public health clinics Urban community centers
Industrial clinics Rehabilitation clinics
Internal medicine offices Research Firms
Government Agencies
Bureau of Prisons Public Health Service Veteran's Administration
Peace Corps U.S. Armed Forces

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Physician Assistant

Organization Job Title
Rutgers University, MA in Adult & Continuing Education Graduate Student
Mennonite Central Committee Health & Nutrition Advisor
Industrial Health Care Physician Assistant
Johns Hopkins University Hospital Physician Assistant
Mt. Sinai Hospital Physician Assistant
The Work Recovery Center Physician Assistant
Jersey City Medical Center Physician Assistant-Pediatrics
Grace Hospital Medical Center Physician Associate
Rutgers University Rsearch Assistant
School District of Philadelphia Teacher

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Physician Assistant

AT&T Corporate Headquarters (PhD) Analyst
UMDNJ Clinical Coordinator
UMDNJ (PhD) Physician Assistant Educator
Mayo Clinic Physician Assistant
Kings County Hospital Physician Assistant-Pediatrics
AT&T Corporate Headquarters (PhD) Research & Development

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