Field of Study: Physician Assisting
Physician assisting programs prepare people to diagnose and treat patients.
Physician assisting programs include topics such as:
- Basic medical sciences
- Anatomy and physiology
- Clinical medicine
- Examination and diagnosis
- Properties of drugs and medication
- Patient communications and care
- Medical ethics and law
- Professional standards
While completing a physician assisting program, you spend two years working as an intern in a hospital or clinic under the supervision of a licensed physician.
Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in health science. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.
Many universities offer graduate degrees in physician assisting. A master's degree typically requires three years of study beyond a bachelor's degree.