Physician Assistant Career Essay

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Choosing a career in the medical field can very be overwhelming, there are a multitude of options. The job that is in demand the most is Registered Nurses. This degree, at the minimum, requires an associate’s degree. By the year 2020, all R.N.’s will need to have a BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing); Bachelor’s degree programs are 4-year programs. But don’t stop there, after 2-3 years of on the job experience, find what area you would like to specialize in, and go on and earn that Physician Assistant degree. Pediatrics is what I plan to specialize in. I have always been interested and fascinated with babies and toddlers. There will be many benefits to becoming a Physician Assistant that will outweigh the negatives of the additional academic workload. Getting the BSN degree upfront, will eliminate some of the prerequisite classes that are needed for the Physical Assistant program. The Physician Assistant requirements, are a minimum 2-3 years of R.N. on the job experience, along with additional (minimum) 3 years of schooling to achieve a master’s degree. Per the National Governors Association, the additional schooling takes generally…show more content…
It seems like most the time when entering our primary care physician’s office, it is not the doctor we get to see. Due to the physician shortages, most of the time, we mainly see the physician assistant. Physician assistants have all the qualifications for diagnosing illnesses and developing treatment plans. According to Smith-Barrow, Physicians Assistants can do many of the same things that a general practice physician can. Some of those skills include prescribe medicine, examine patients, and order tests (2014). They, by law, must work under the guidance of a general practice physician. Physician assistants can practice general medicine, or go into a specialized field (E.R., cardiology, surgery, pediatrics,
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