Physician assistants (Pas) practice medicine with a physicians supervision. Physician assistants perform complete physical examinations, diagnose illness, give treatments, order and review laboratory tests and X-rays, and counsel patients on their health problems. North Carolina, like most other states, allows its Pas to prescribe medication. Pas are always directly supervised by a physician but the supervision may be indirect or occur at a distance. The majority of physician assistants choose to work in primary care, while the rest specialize in such areas as surgery, emergency medicine, or other medical specialties.
Where to Get Education
Postsecondary degree or coursework and a two year Physician Assistant program. Completion of national exam and state licensure also necessary