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Your PA Can Handle It

With thousands of hours of medical training and a versatile skill set, PAs are expanding access to team-based care. When it comes to quality healthcare, your PA can handle it.

What is a PA?

PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.

140,000+PAs inthe U.S.

PAs have more than

2019 AAPA Salary SurveyAll data based on clinically practicing PAs in the U.S.

400000000 patient interactions per year

2018 AAPA Salary Survey



PA programs in the U.S.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), 2019


hours of clinical rotations

Programs are 27 monthsor 3 academic years

(Bachelor’s degree is required for acceptance)

Educated at


Certification & Licensing

To obtain a license, PAs must:

Graduate from an accredited PA program

Pass a certification exam

To maintain their certification, PAs must complete:


100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every two years

10 years

A recertification exam every 10 years

PAspracticemedicine inall specialties

All data based on clinically practicing PAs in the U.S. *Other refers to a variety of healthcare settings including but not limited to psychiatry, hospice and palliative care, obstetrics and gynecology, addiction medicine, pain management, public health and dermatology.

All data based on clinically practicing PAs in the U.S.

*Other refers to a variety of work settings including but not limited to schools/universities, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes and correctional facilities.

PAspracticein everywork setting

Research on PA Quality


PAs are trusted healthcare providers


Having a PA makes it easier to get medical appointments


PAs improve the quality of healthcare

*“Attitudes Toward PAs: A 2014 Survey by the American Academy of PAs.” The Harris online survey was conducted September 15–22, 2014 among 1,544 adults age 18 and older living in the US, including an oversample of 680 adults who have seen a PA and/or have accompanied a loved one to see a PA in the past 12 months. For full methodology visit aapa.org/media.’

PA Profession in the News

Best 100 Jobs List U.S. News & World Report 2020


Best Healthcare Jobs U.S. News & World Report 2020


Highest Paying Jobs in America Forbes 2019

Fastest Growing Jobs in America Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019