Physician Assistants (PAs) are medical professionals who diagnose illnesses, order and interpret tests, create and manage treatment plans, and prescribe medications.
PAs are educated at the master’s degree level. There are more than 255 PA training programs in the country and admission is highly competitive. Admission requires a bachelor’s degree, completion of many science prerequisite courses, as well as an average of more than 3000 hours of direct patient care. After getting a bachelor’s degree, PA training is approximately 27 months, or 3 academic years. PA school includes classroom instruction and more than 2000 hours of clinical rotations in various specialties, including family medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, surgery, and OB/Gyn. In addition to their training, PAs are required to complete 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every 2 years as well as take a national board exam every 10 years, so they are up to date on the best medical practices and guidelines.
PAs are committed to team practice with physicians and other healthcare providers and improve access to healthcare for patients all over the country. PAs practice in every state, medical setting and specialty. Most patients that have seen PAs regard them as trusted healthcare providers and feel they improve the quality of their healthcare.
At Arizona Asthma and Allergy Institute, we have seven physician assistants that see patients at all of our office locations. All of our PAs work closely with our physicians to provide the best care to our patients. To learn more about our PAs, check them out on our website at https://azsneeze.com/providers/