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These Midwest PA Programs Don't Have a Direct Patient Care Admissions Requirement

Thinking about becoming a physician assistant? What you may or may not know is that many schools require that PA program applicants have a background in providing direct patient care. This requirement may mean that you cannot apply to physician assistant schools unless you have thousands of hours of healthcare experience under your belt. For many aspiring PAs, the direct patient care requirement is prohibitive in furthering one's career. Fortunately, there are a handful of schools in each region of the country accepting applications from PAs to-be without a patient care background. 

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Physician Assistant Trends: How Is the Average PA Changing?

Healthcare is constantly changing, and with it the professions that make up the industry. Overall, the nurse practitioner and physician assistant professions have enjoyed forward momentum in recent years. The cost effectiveness of care NPs and PAs provide, has people taking note. As scope of practice for NPs and PAs increases, so do salaries in these professions. Just how much has the average physician assistant changed in recent years?

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'Dear Abby' Disses Physician Assistants

The 'Dear Abby' column is well known and loved for dishing out matronly advice on issues from household problems to relationship strife. Columns like "Neighbor's Baby Cries Constantly", and "Old Friend's Schedule Leaves No Time to Catch Up" are bound to stir up a few sensitive souls, but are overall neutral in tone. This week, however, 'Abby' has stepped on the toes of one sector of the healthcare community and is feeling the aftereffects of her comments about physician assistants. 

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Nurse Practitioner vs. Physician Assistant Salaries by State

As you weigh the physician assistant vs .nurse practitioner career decision (or, if you're just plain curious like me...), a quick salary comparison in the state where you plan to practice can help nail down your profession pick. Some states are more NP friendly while others traditionally favor physician assistants. In most locations, the decision to become either an NP or PA won't make a significant difference when it comes to your wallet. But, in a few it may mean a more than $10K salary difference, on average, each year. Check out this state-by-state comparison of nurse practitioner and physician assistant salaries.

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My Day Job Shadowing a Physician Assistant

By Meghan Kayan , MidlevelU Contributor and Future Physician Assistant

There are a vast amount of professions you can go into when entering the medical world. For those who don’t already have their foot in the door towards a medical career, deciding which specific career is a match for you can be a hard choice. Knowing the difference between the responsibilities of a nurse, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or any other healthcare professional may become confusing. 

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Roots: A Brief History of the Physician Assistant Profession

I'm by no means a history buff. Sure, I enjoy a good WWII novel or bio, but I'm not one to rattle off dates, memorize the order of U.S. presidents, or even easily recall notable events that occurred during my own lifetime. The other day I was talking to a relative about my family's roots and was intrigued by what he had to say. Looking back on our origins gives context to current circumstances. In a previous post, I took a look at the timeline of the nurse practitioner profession. Today, I'll take a quick look back at the physician assistant role.

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The Lowdown on Hourly Pay for Physician Assistants

Physician assistants may be compensated on a hourly or salaried basis. Hourly compensation often fits well with the unconventional scheduling required by many PA positions and may also allow for greater flexibility in meeting staffing needs on part of the employer and the physician assistant team. How much should PAs expect to be paid on a hourly basis?

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How Do NP & PA Scope of Practice Laws Compare?

Scope of practice laws have wide-ranging effects on both the nurse practitioner and physician assistant professions. NPs and PAs are trained and work similarly in the clinical setting. However, state laws may make one profession more favorable than the other from a practice standpoint. Regulations affecting nurse practitioner and physician assistant's ability to practice are constantly changing but follow some overarching themes. Just how do scope of practice laws for the two professions compare?

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How Many Physician Assistants Can an MD Supervise?

Consistent with the 'physician assistant' title, PAs must practice with physician supervision. In reality, physician assistants may function almost autonomously in the everyday clinical role. But, a delegated MD must be available in some capacity, whether in-person or by phone, to help out should the need arise. The extent of required physician assistant oversight varies by state. One such component of state supervision requirements are regulations regarding the number of PAs a single physician may supervise simultaneously. 

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Why It's OK to Want a Supervising Physician

There's a movement in the nurse practitioner community to eliminate existing state requirements that NPs be supervised by or collaborate with physicians. Nurse practitioner organizations are engaged in the fight for nurse practitioner independence. While there is merit to the argument for expanding the scope of practice for NPs practicing in many states, working alongside a supervising or collaborating physician isn't always a negative. 

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How to Write Your First Physician Assistant Resume

If you're a soon to be physician assistant grad, getting your resume in order is top priority. For some PA students, the task is simple. Years of working as an EMT or other valuable direct patient care experience back up a recently acquired physician assistant education making for a solid CV. For other PA new grads, drafting a resume proves to be a daunting task. Limited relevant experience leaves a resume looking too lean to land a competitive job opportunity. 

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The Three Courses to Take Before You Graduate

By Meghan Kayan, MidlevelU Contributor and Future Physician Assistant

All college majors and pre-professional programs have a list of courses that students need to take prior to graduation or entrance into a program. However, if students plan well there is some leeway towards general education courses that can be chosen to fulfill the required number of credits to graduate. It's up to you, as a student, to decide which classes to take. Most students like to take the classes that are an easy A, but taking courses that are interesting and relevant to your plan of study will be beneficial in the long run.

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