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10 Highest Paying Cities for Physician Assistants

Physician assistant salaries are affected by a multitude of factors. Scope of practice regulations in the state where a PA practices may make the provider more or less valuable to an employer. Competition in the job market along with the level of the PA's experience heavily influences pay. Location, not only at the state level, but at the city level also makes an impact on physician assistant salaries. 

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The List of Physician Assistant Programs in the South...

...without a direct patient care requirement

Many aspiring physician assistants have backgrounds in healthcare. From EMTs to nurses, becoming a PA is a next step for many in the medical field. But, what if you want to become a physician assistant and lack significant healthcare experience? 

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The Southwest's PA Programs Without a Direct Patient Care Hours Requirement

Are you thinking about becoming a physician assistant? If so, as you begin to look at your options for education, you'll notice that a large number of PA programs require direct patient care experience as an admissions requirement. In some cases, schools may ask for thousands of hours of experience precluding many aspiring PAs from submitting an application. If your time working in healthcare has been limited, check out these physician assistant programs in the southwest region that do not require direct patient care experience to apply. 

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No Direct Patient Care Hours? No Problem!

West Coast Physician Assistant Programs that Don't Require Experience

If you're looking at physician assistant schools, you've likely noticed that most require applicants to have healthcare experience. And, not just any experience. PA schools typically require that students have direct patient care experience and have several restrictions as to what kinds of experience qualify, and which do not. 

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East Coast PA Programs Without a Direct Patient Care Requirement

If you don't have a significant background in healthcare and want to become a physician assistant, getting your career off the ground can be frustrating. Most physician assistant schools require that students have experience in a setting providing direct patient care. Often, this requirement is hundreds, or even thousands, of hours. Fortunately for prospective students without such experience, there are a few schools that don't require direct patient care hours for admission. 

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These Midwest PA Programs Don't Have a Direct Patient Care Admissions Requirement

Thinking about becoming a physician assistant? What you may or may not know is that many schools require that PA program applicants have a background in providing direct patient care. This requirement may mean that you cannot apply to physician assistant schools unless you have thousands of hours of healthcare experience under your belt. For many aspiring PAs, the direct patient care requirement is prohibitive in furthering one's career. Fortunately, there are a handful of schools in each region of the country accepting applications from PAs to-be without a patient care background. 

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Physician Assistant Trends: How Is the Average PA Changing?

Healthcare is constantly changing, and with it the professions that make up the industry. Overall, the nurse practitioner and physician assistant professions have enjoyed forward momentum in recent years. The cost effectiveness of care NPs and PAs provide, has people taking note. As scope of practice for NPs and PAs increases, so do salaries in these professions. Just how much has the average physician assistant changed in recent years?

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'Dear Abby' Disses Physician Assistants

The 'Dear Abby' column is well known and loved for dishing out matronly advice on issues from household problems to relationship strife. Columns like "Neighbor's Baby Cries Constantly", and "Old Friend's Schedule Leaves No Time to Catch Up" are bound to stir up a few sensitive souls, but are overall neutral in tone. This week, however, 'Abby' has stepped on the toes of one sector of the healthcare community and is feeling the aftereffects of her comments about physician assistants. 

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Beyond Wikipedia: Keeping Up With Evidence-Based Practice

Keeping up with the latest evidence-based practice guidelines is no easy feat. Medicine is always changing and as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant you are always running into new clinical situations. Even the brightest clinicians have questions at times. So, where should NPs and PAs turn for the latest reliable clinical information?

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Nurse Practitioner vs. Physician Assistant Salaries by State

As you weigh the physician assistant vs .nurse practitioner career decision (or, if you're just plain curious like me...), a quick salary comparison in the state where you plan to practice can help nail down your profession pick. Some states are more NP friendly while others traditionally favor physician assistants. In most locations, the decision to become either an NP or PA won't make a significant difference when it comes to your wallet. But, in a few it may mean a more than $10K salary difference, on average, each year. Check out this state-by-state comparison of nurse practitioner and physician assistant salaries.

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My Day Job Shadowing a Physician Assistant

By Meghan Kayan , MidlevelU Contributor and Future Physician Assistant

There are a vast amount of professions you can go into when entering the medical world. For those who don’t already have their foot in the door towards a medical career, deciding which specific career is a match for you can be a hard choice. Knowing the difference between the responsibilities of a nurse, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or any other healthcare professional may become confusing. 

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Roots: A Brief History of the Physician Assistant Profession

I'm by no means a history buff. Sure, I enjoy a good WWII novel or bio, but I'm not one to rattle off dates, memorize the order of U.S. presidents, or even easily recall notable events that occurred during my own lifetime. The other day I was talking to a relative about my family's roots and was intrigued by what he had to say. Looking back on our origins gives context to current circumstances. In a previous post, I took a look at the timeline of the nurse practitioner profession. Today, I'll take a quick look back at the physician assistant role.

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