Physician Assistant Studies
The granting of a master of science (MS) degree and completion of the graduate phase
signifies that the student is prepared for employment as a Physician Assistant.
Physician Assistant Responsibilities
In such a professional role, the physician assistant can provide medical services
with the supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathic medicine in accordance
with applicable laws of medical practice. The services must, for the safety and welfare
of the patient, be of the same professional quality that would be rendered by the
supervising physician. The physician assistant must have the knowledge and skills
to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum
of patient care.
Technical Standards for Admission
Candidates for the physician assistant profession must have somatic sensation and
the functional use of the senses of vision and hearing. Candidates’ diagnostic skills
will also be lessened without the functional use of the senses of equilibrium, smell
and taste. Additionally, they must have sufficient exteroceptive sense (touch, pain
and temperature), sufficient motor function to permit them to carry out the activities
as described in PCOM's Physician Assistant Studies Program Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation [PDF]. They must be able to integrate all information received by whatever sense(s)
employed, consistently, quickly and accurately, and they must have the intellectual
ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data.
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