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What is a Physician Assistant (PA)?
A Physician Assistant (PA) is an advanced practice healthcare provider. PAs can perform histories, physicals, order and interpret investigations, diagnose, and formulate treatment plans. PAs are also well qualified to do your physicals, well-women, well-men and well-baby visits. PAs can prescribe most medications; except controlled substances. They work under the supervision of a licensed physician, based on medical directives.
Easton Education’s Postgraduate Diploma of Physician Assistant Studies provides an accessible pathway for individuals to work in a scope of medical practice, under medical directives from a supervising physician, as a physician assistant. Students are trained in a format to gain expertise and experience enabling them to become workforce ready for a fast-paced healthcare environment. Students will receive live online didactic training in conjunction with hands-on clinical training to ensure they are ready for real life patient encounters.
Graduates of our Postgraduate Diploma of Physician Assistant Studies program can seek employment in physician offices (including primary practice, walk-in clinics and urgent care centers), specialized medical offices (outpatient internal medicine, cardiologist, gastroenterologist offices, mental health centers, pain management, etc..) long-term care facilities and hospitals (including inpatient, labor and delivery and surgery departments).
What credential will be awarded upon completion of the program
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, which includes passing scores on the final exit exam and OSCE, and clearance from the finance department, students will receive a Postgraduate Diploma of Physician Assistant Studies (DPA).
Our Physician Assistant Studies program consists of enhanced didactic classroom learning (via live online) as well as hands-on clinical training in state-of-the-art facilities under the direct supervision of renown and experienced faculty.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between a Nurse Practitioner (NP) and a Physician Assistant (PA)?
Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Physician Assistants (PA) are both advanced healthcare professionals. Both NPs and PAs treat illnesses, prescribe medications, and work closely with physicians in all specialties and various clinical settings.
The main difference is that NPs can exercise autonomy and initiative in clinical decision-making independently while PAs must practice medicine based on medical directives, under the direct supervision of a Physician or Surgeon.
What is the difference between a Physician Assistant (PA) and a Medical Office Assistant (MOA)?
PAs are different from medical office assistants, whereas medical office assistants do routine clinical and clerical tasks and do not practice medicine.
What are the duties and role of a PA?
PAs work on teams with Physicians, Surgeons, Nurse Practitioners, and other healthcare professionals. The PAs scope of practice depends on the scope of practice of the supervising Physician. PA typically do the following:
– Take and review patients’ medical histories and examine patients
– Perform preventative physical exams
– Order and interpret diagnostic tests (x-rays, ultrasounds, blood tests, etc)
– Diagnose a patient’s injury or illness and provide treatment regimes
– Educate and counsel patients and their families
– Prescribe medicine, excepted controlled substances and narcotics
– Assess and record a patient’s progress
– Manage diseases and promote wellness
Is the PA profession regulated?
Currently there is no legislation in place on Ontario that regulates the Physician Assistant profession and therefore there is no defined scope of practice. PAs are able to diagnose and treat pa1ents under delegation and written medical directives but the supervising physician is ultimately responsible for the care given by the PA.
The overall scope of medical services performed by the PA is determined by the scope of practice of the Supervising Physician. The PA shall perform delegated medical services under the authorization of the Supervising Physician based on a written medical directive and ongoing supervision of the supervising Physician. All activities conducted by The PA are carried out as delegated acts under the authority of the Regulated Health Professions Act 1991 (RHPA) – Delegation of Controlled Acts.
What are the graduation requirements?
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, which includes passing scores on the final exit exam and OSCE, and clearance from the finance and academics department, students will receive a Postgraduate Diploma of Physician Assistant Students (DPA). Final exit exam and OSCE will be conducted by a third-party testing agency that is not affiliated with Easton Education.
As with any post-secondary education or training, it is the prospective students who are responsible for satisfying for themselves that the program, the diploma, the awarded credential and the institution will be appropriate to their needs and be acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing and regulatory bodies, and other post-secondary educational institutions.
What is the average salary for a PA?
According to Job Bank Canada, the average hourly wage of a PA is $40.63, which equivalent to a $84,510.40 annual salary of a full-time PA.
What is the employment outcome for PAs?
The growing and aging population will increase the demand for healthcare services, which in-turn will increase the need for more healthcare providers. PA can provide many of the same medical services as Physicians.
Positive employment prospects are expected for primary care PAs, particularly for PAs working in rural and medically underserved areas. According to Job Bank Canada, there is a shortage of PAs in Canada. Taking the PG Diploma of Physician Assistant Studies program does not guarantee employment. Students should ask potential employers whether this course provides worthwhile job training. Employers, not by the Government, determine the value of this course.
Can PAs bill for their services?
PAs cannot bill insurance comapnies, government healthcare organizations, etc.. PAs are salaried employees, whom are employed by hospitals, medical clinics, physicians and other healthcare providers.
What area of medicine can a PA work in?
PAs can work in all areas of medicine, including primary care and family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, psychiatry and more. The PAs scope of practice depends on the scope of practice of the supervising Physician. For example, a PA working in surgery may close incisions and provide care before, during, and after the operation. A PA working in pediatrics may examine a baby/child, give routine vaccinations, and more.
Can PAs prescribe medication?
Yes, PAs can prescribe medication except for narcotics and controlled substances.
The PA shall perform delegated medical services under the authorization of the supervising Physician based on a medical directive. All activities conducted by The PA are carried out as delegated acts under the authority of the Regulated Health Professions Act 1991 (RHPA) – Delegation of Controlled Acts.
How are Physician Assistants supervised by Medical Doctors?
The overall scope of practice of the PA is determined by the scope of practice of the supervising Physician. The PA shall perform delegated medical services under the authorization of the supervising Physician based on a medical directive. All activities conducted by The PA are carried out as delegated acts under the authority of the Regulated Health Professions Act 1991 (RHPA) – Delegation of Controlled Acts.
The PA may only perform those medical services, which The PA is competent to perform and which are consistent with The PA’s education, training, and experience. The PA shall consult with the supervising Physician regarding any task, procedure or diagnostic problem, which The PA determines, exceeds The PA’s level of competence or shall refer such cases to the supervising Physician or another appropriate practitioner.
What are the qualification of instructors for the live-online classes?
Easton Education has a vast roster of well-renown North American faculty. All of our faculty have extensive teaching experience, specifically in healthcare and medical, in U.S. & Canadian Universities and Colleges. Supervising preceptors will provide students with in-patient and out-patient exposure. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in community health fairs and other extra curricular activities.
What is the online campus?
Easton Education offers a full virtual campus that help students stay connected to Easton Education others students and faculty. Students can access virtual classrooms, coursework, connect with peers and instructors and get admissions and technical support – all through the online campus.
Classes are live and face-to-face in a virtual classroom. Sessions are designed with discussion and debate in mind, and the virtual classroom features dynamic tools that support the student and faculty experience.
What are the qualifications of the supervising preceptor during clinicals?
Easton Education prides itself in working exclusively with well-renown attending physicians who provide hands-on experience for physician assistant students. All of our preceptors are affiliated with U.S. & Canadian medical schools, teaching hospitals, and residency programs.
Where are the clinical sites located?
Easton Education has secured placement various in-patient hospital and out-patient clinical sites where students of our programs will be supervised and trained by practicing U.S. & Canadian Medical Doctors. Our most popular clinic sites are located in:
– New York
Can I do all my clinical placements in one location?
Depending on the location, students may be able to complete all the clinical placements in one city. Students are also able to travel to various provinces/states to get their clinical experiences if they would like.
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DISCLAIMER: Diploma recognition and credit transfers are matters for individual institutions and associations to determine. As with any post-secondary education or training, it is the prospective students who are responsible for satisfying for themselves that the program, the diploma, the awarded credential, and the institution will be appropriate to their needs and be acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing and regulatory bodies, and other post-secondary educational institutions. Easton Education does not guarantee any employment and does not provide any credits or part of any degree-granting program. This Diploma of Physician Assistant Studies has been exempted under the Act and General Regulation (84-207) of the province of New Brunswick. All trademarks and copyrights are owned by Easton Education. Some restrictions apply. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and restrictions.
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