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Field of Study: Physician Assisting

Introduction

Physician assisting programs prepare people to diagnose and treat patients.

 

Overview

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

Internships
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.

Schools
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.