Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals who practice medicine under a doctor's supervision in medical and surgical settings. They can perform routine examinations, order lab work and X-rays, prescribe medicines, and counsel people about their health.
A physician assistant completes an accredited PA program after college. After graduating, he or she is eligible to take an entry-to-practice exam administered by the Physician Assistant's Certification Council (PACC). Each province has its own regulations for physician assistants. Not all provinces have PAs.
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