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Physician Assistant

A physician assistant studies student looking into the ear of a patient

Physician assistants are health care professionals who work with a licensed physician, and often serve as a primary care provider. Physician assistants practice in all medical settings and specialties, which improves access and quality of care. Physician assistants are educated in general medicine, which offers a comprehensive view of all aspects of medicine. PA is a common term used when referring to physician assistants.

What does a Physician Assistant do?

  • Examines, diagnoses, and treats patients under the supervision of a licensed physician
  • Develops and manages treatment plans
  • Prepares casts and splints, sutures small wounds, and interprets medical tests
  • Prescribes medication
  • Can specialize in a particular area of medicine such as pediatrics or geriatrics

Idaho State University does have a Physician Assistant program offered on both the Pocatello and Meridian campuses.

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