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Getting Started

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Are you interested in becoming a Physician Assistant? Do you think you have what it takes?

It's one of the fastest-growing health careers in the country, and one of the most rewarding. To become a Physician Assistant requires enrolling in an intensive medical training program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Currently the average PA program curriculum runs approximately 26 months.

Because PAs maintain a tight working relationship with physicians, they are educated in a medical model designed to complement physician training. Along with medical students, PAs to diagnose and treat medical problems.

There are more than 140 accredited programs in the United States. To find one closest to you, visit the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

In Ohio

In the state of Ohio, Physician Assistants are licensed through the State Medical Board of Ohio. A PA's license must be renewed with the Board every two years, and proof of CME requirements may be needed.

For information on obtaining a certificate to practice as a PA, download an information packet.