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Which States Pay Physician Assistants the Most?

With average salaries over the $90,000 mark across the country, physician assistants are overall paid well. But, some states rise above the rest when it comes to PA compensation. Salary should be a major consideration in your physician assistant job search and knowing where PA's are paid best can help you determine where to practice. 

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Neuroscience- a Worthwhile Major for Aspiring NPs and PAs?

By MidlevelU Intern and aspiring NP Ashley Prince

Neuro-what? Is the typical response I get when I tell people I'm a neuroscience major. The reaction is understandable. Neuroscience is a pretty new field, and although it sounds fancy, the name doesn't give a lot of insight into what this study is all about. Since I'm a senior (ah!) now, I've been getting a lot of questions about what neuroscience is, what you can do with it, and whether it has helped prepare me for life after undergrad. 

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Compassion Fatigue- Bona Fide or B.S.?

I'm not a fan of giving what could be considered normal physical or emotional states labels. If you ask me, it seems like many of the diagnoses listed in medical texts and publications like the DSM are a bunch of crap. Take "Shift Work Sleep Disorder", for example. I don't need a diagnosis to tell me that working weekend overnight shifts is "socially isolating", or that pulling multiple shifts that let out at 3am will result in "excessive fatigue". That's life. It's a choice. And, these symptoms are a natural, proper I might add, result of these choices. 

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Getting Admitted to Your Top PA Program: Hint- It's Not All About Grades

Graduate school admissions, especially when it comes to nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs, are quite competitive. With opportunities for healthcare providers expanding, more and more students are looking to pursue a career in medicine. So, how do you as a prospective student make your application stand out above the rest? 

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10 Highest Paying Physician Assistant Specialties

The primary factor in selecting your physician assistant specialty should be your areas of interest.  But, there is significant variation when it comes to pay for PAs across different specialties so salary comes into play when choosing where you will work.  Which physician assistants earn the most?

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The Average Physician Assistant: How Do You Compare?

Do you ever wonder how you compare to the rest of your profession?  Are most PAs middle aged males, or does that just happen to be the case at your hospital?  How much experience do you have compared to other physician assistants on the job market? 

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How to Increase Your Chances of Admission to a Physician Assistant Program

Physician assistant programs are notoriously competitive.  Some PA programs have acceptance rates in the single digits making it seem nearly impossible to get in.  But, with some planning ahead and careful attention to qualities that matter to admissions faculty, you can increase your chances of being accepted to a physician assistant program.  Which aspects of your application are the most important to work on?

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Which Prerequisite Requirements Will You Need for a Physician Assistant Program?

Planning ahead is the name of the game when applying to a physician assistant program.  Some programs ask that students complete a laundry list of courses before submitting an application.  Not to mention, most physician assistant programs require prospective students to have clinical experience.  If you plan ahead, you can complete these prerequisite requirements in an efficient manner helping you to become a physician assistant more quickly.  Which courses will you need to take?

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Nurse Practitioner vs Physician Assistant: Cost of Education

Whether you are planning on becoming a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant, there's one thing you can count on for your future- bills.  Tuition costs, while ultimately worth the expense, are high.  But is there a significant difference between the cost of the NP and PA education?  Which route will leave you with the least amount of debt on graduation day?

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10 Accelerated Physician Assistant Programs for High School Students

Choosing your career path in high school can be tough.  But, those students able to develop a clear plan for their future can save significant time and money on their education.  This is true for students aspiring to become physician assistants.

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Physician Assistant?

Fortunately, the path to becoming a physician assistant isn't quite as confusing as that of a nurse practitioner, but if you want to become a PA you still need to do some planning ahead.  Where you are on your educational path will determine how long it takes you to become a physician assistant.  

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How Much Does it Cost to Become a Physician Assistant?

So, you've decided to become physician assistant.  The next step on the path to your career is choosing a PA program.  A major factor in your decision should naturally be cost.  Just how much does it cost to become a physician assistant?  Do certain types of schools offer savings over others?

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