Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession

Designed for individuals considering a career as a physician assistant (PA), this course takes the student through the history of the PA profession, its development and the role of the PA as a member of the healthcare team.


Intro to PA Profession

Successful completion of this course by students will exempt them from the 500 hour requirement for previous patient care experience required for application to the FSU PA Program.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify commonly used acronyms, abbreviations, and terminology in healthcare.
  2. Describe key milestones in the development of the PA profession.
  3. Describe the roles of the PA as a member of the healthcare team.
  4. Describe the role of the supervising physician and the concept of delegated practice.
  5. Discuss common admission criteria for PA programs.
  6. Discuss common curriculum in PA education.
  7. Discuss the continuing medical education (CME) requirements for PAs.
  8. Explain the role that PAs play in providing care to the medically underserved.
  9. Discuss laws and regulations governing PA practice, credentialing, licensure, and malpractice.
  10. Discuss the certification and recertification process for state licensure and NCCPA certification.
  11. Explore the areas of specialization in which PAs practice.
  12. Describe career and employment opportunities for the PA.
  13. Define and discuss professionalism.
  14. Analyze the significance of current issues in the health care and political arenas that impact the PA profession.
  15. Discuss the use of evidence-based medicine and information literacy in professional practice.

Fall 2017 Course

Dates: Aug. 29, 2017 - Dec 12, 2017
Schedule: Tuesdays from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
Required Materials: 
Students need to purchase the required textbook - 
Ballweg, R; et al, Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice, 5th edition, 2013, Elsevier, Philadelphia, ISBN: 978-1-4557-0657-0


Location: 
Pensacola Main Campus
Building and Room TBD
Tuition: $650.00  

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Physician Assistants - Employment & Education

Demand for healthcare services will increase because of the growing and aging population. More people means more need for healthcare providers. An increase in several chronic diseases will drive the need for physician assistants to provide preventive care and treat those who are sick.

Job Stats
Job Outlook: 30% (Much faster than average)
Number of jobs, 2014: 94,400
Median pay (May 2016): $101,480 per year
Source: July 20, 2017
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