Your PA Can Handle It

With thousands of hours of medical training and a versatile skill set, PAs are expanding access to team-based care. When it comes to quality healthcare,
your PA can handle it.

What is a PA?

PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider.

With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.

the U.S.

NCCPA, 2017

more than

2017 AAPA Salary Survey

400000000 patient interactions per year

2017 AAPA Salary Survey

Education By The Numbers


PA programs in the U.S.

Physician Assistant Education Association
(PAEA), 2018


hours of
clinical rotations

Programs are 27 months
or 3 academic years

(Bachelor's degree is required for acceptance)

Educated at

DEGREE level

Certification & Licensing

To obtain a license, PA s must:

Graduate from an
accredited PA program

Pass a
certification exam

To maintain their certification, PA s must complete:

100 Hours

100 hours of continuing
medical education (CME)
every two years

10 Years

recertification exam
every 10 years

practice medicine in all specialties

practice in every work setting

Research on PA Quality

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What PatientsSay About PAs2014 Harris Poll
PAs are trusted healthcare providers
Having a PA makes it easier to get medical appointments
PAs improve the quality of healthcare

*“Attitudes Toward PAs: A 2014 Survey by the American Academy of PAs.” The Harris online survey was conducted September 15–22, 2014 among 1,544 adults age 18 and older living in the US, including an oversample of 680 adults who have seen a PA and/or have accompanied a loved one to see a PA in the past 12 months. For full methodology visit’

PA Profession in the News

Best 100 Jobs List U.S. News & World Report 2017

Best Healthcare Jobs U.S. News & World Report 2017

Most Promising Jobs for Millennials Forbes 2017

Fastest Growing Jobs in America Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017