How To Become A Physician Assistant

The 7 Essential Things You MUST Know if Considering a Career as A PA
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.9 out of 5 (27 ratings)
601 students
36min of on-demand video
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What is a physician assistant, what do they do, how to become a physician assistant


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Do you want to learn more about the physician assistant profession, and what it takes to become a physician assistant?

Do you feel overwhelmed trying to figure out if you want to become a physician assistant and how to become one?

I 100% understand. I am one of THE ONLY people in my immediate family who is in the healthcare industry. Honestly, most don’t understand it- Ha!

I did not even find out about the physician assistant profession until my last year of college. I instantly KNEW I wanted to shift from my medical school path to become a physician assistant. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel to learn more about my path to PA.

I was overwhelmed in where to start, and felt alone. Yes, there are online resources with incredible amounts of information, but that made me feel even more anxious - trying to make sure I read every single detail on every single webpage.

I want you to know that it is going to be okay because there is a solution.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain what a physician assistant is

  • Describe what they do: 3 tasks that a physician assistant does

  • Contrast physician assistant versus doctor & nurse practitioner

  • List 3 reasons to become a physician assistant

  • Quote median salary range for a full-time physician assistant in the United States of America, and name 3 high and 3 low paying states

  • Conclude if you are too old or too young to start a career as a physician assistant

  • Describe steps to become a physician assistant with no health or medical experience

Who this course is for:

  • Individuals interested in the physician assistant profession


Surgical Physician Assistant, Director of Advanced Practice
Kathryn Hines
  • 4.9 Instructor Rating
  • 27 Reviews
  • 601 Students
  • 1 Course

I am a postgraduate qualified expert in health science, with over a decade of experience as a surgical physician assistant and leader at a top academic medical center.

I am honored to be a sought-after mentor for dozens of folks from high school to midlife considering a career in healthcare, and those in a physician assistant career challenging themselves to rise with the best.

Simply stated, I love helping folks move from PLAN --> ACTION --> OUTCOME!

Are you considering a post-graduate physician residency? I successfully completed one, even being recognized as "Outstanding PA Resident of the Year," and can give you the skinny on residency, as well (course coming soon).

I am passionate about using my undergraduate education in nutrition, food, & exercise to provide you with techniques to stay mentally and physically well along your journey to success.

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