First Time User? Sign Up Now
First Time User? Enroll now.
Home > Health Library > Physician assistant (PA)
Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals who practice medicine under a doctor's supervision in medical and surgical settings. They can perform routine exams, order lab work and X-rays, prescribe medicines, and counsel people about their health.
A physician assistant completes an accredited PA program after college. Then he or she is eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE).
Current as of: June 29, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Catherine D. Serio PhD - Behavioral Health & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2021 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
300 Ashville Ave.
Cary, NC 27518
3100 Duraleigh Road
Raleigh, NC 27612
4207 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607
10208 Cerny St.
Raleigh, NC 27617
1505 SW Cary Parkway
REX Healthcare of Cary, Suite 302
Cary, NC 27511
North Carolina Surgery2800 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 300Raleigh, NC 27607 919-784-7874 T 919-784-2708 F
Chosen for Excellence
Copyright 2021 UNC Health Care. All rights reserved.