Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals who practice
medicine under a doctor's supervision in medical and surgical settings. They
can perform routine exams, order lab work and X-rays, prescribe
medicines, and counsel people about their health.
A physician assistant completes an accredited PA program after college. Then he or she is eligible to take the
Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE).
Catherine D. Serio, PhD - Behavioral Health & Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
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