About the Profession

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The physician assistant is a licensed health professional qualified by specialized academic and clinical education to perform medical tasks traditionally undertaken by physicians, while practicing under the supervision and responsibility of a licensed physician. PAs provide essential diagnostic, therapeutic, preventative, and health maintenance services in primary and specialty care settings. They work in a variety of settings that may include medical offices, hospitals, nursing homes, workplace clinics, retail clinics, educational facilities, and more.

For more information about the PA profession, visit the American Academy of Physician Associates.