Physician Assistant

Becoming a Physician Assistant

December 23, 2012

A physician assistant is a health professional who practices medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. Most physician assistants have at least four years of experience in the allied health field prior to becoming a physician assistant. Physician assistants can conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery and in most states, write prescriptions.