Physician assistant programs usually last at least 2 years; admission requirements vary by program, but many require at least 2 years of college and some health care experience. All States require physician assistants to complete an accredited education program and to pass a national exam in order to obtain a license. Employment is projected to grow much faster than average as health care establishments increasingly use physician assistants to contain costs. Job opportunities should be good, particularly in rural and inner-city clinics.
Publish date: April 16, 2009