Certified PAs: The Best Job in Health Care
If you’re considering a career in health care, becoming a PA could be a rewarding career choice.
Explore this page to learn about Certified PAs, how they practice and why you should join the more than 149,000 Certified PAs across the United States!
What do Certified PAs do?
- Diagnose and manage diseases, including chronic illnesses
- Prescribe medications
- Assist in major surgeries
- Perform minor surgeries
- Monitor and manage hospital inpatients
- Order and interpret lab tests
- Perform physical exams
- Obtain medical histories
- Educate patients on treatment and health maintenance
Certified PAs practice in every specialty, and have the flexibility to change specialties throughout their careers.
Their specialty practice areas include:
- Primary Care
- Surgery subspecialties
- Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine/General Practice
- General Surgery
- Hospital Medicine
- Internal Medicine-General
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Occupational Medicine
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Pain Medicine
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
of Certified PAs work in primary care.
Where do Certified PAs work?
Certified PAs practice in every health care setting from hospitals and office-based private practice to schools, retail clinics and everywhere in between! PAs also practice in every state in the United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Check out the gallery below to find out more about the top 5 states where PAs practice.
average number of patients seen by Certified PAs each week.
How do I become a Certified PA?
Where can I learn more about Certified PAs?
Look no further! Feel free to navigate the site to learn more about Certified PAs and how they practice.
If you’re a student you can also access school level specific resources below.
Learn all about Certified PAs with this fun activity book! Through coloring exercises, a word search and various other activities, young students will have a greater understanding of Certified PAs.
COMING SOON: Middle school students can learn more about the journey to becoming a Certified PA in this fun downloadable board game.
Check back soon for awesome infographics, handouts and videos from our “Day in the Life of a Certified PA” video series!
Are you an educator that would like to have a Certified PA speak to your students?
Certified PAs are ready, and would love to speak to your students about this amazing profession. To schedule a presentation please contact us.Contact Us