(Alexandria, VA, Tuesday, October 9, 2018) - PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patientâ€™s principal healthcare provider. This yearâ€™s National PA Week, an annual celebration recognizing the contributions PAs have made to healthcare, is October 6 through 12.
- With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. The countryâ€™s 123,000 PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.
- 93% of patients say PAs are trusted healthcare providers, and 92% say having a PA makes it easier to get medical appointments.
- In 2017, the median annual salary for PAs working full time in the United States was $105,000.
- PAs have been providing high-quality care for more than 50 years, but in order to allow PAs to more fully contributeâ€”especially as provider shortages continue to impact patient accessâ€”itâ€™s time for states to modernize their PA practice laws.
- The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) is working together with state chapters around the country to modernize outdated laws and enhance patient access to care.
The PA profession was ranked #3 in U.S. News and World Reportâ€™s 2017 Best 100 Jobs List. There are 255+ PA Programs in U.S., and programs are 27 months or 3 academic years, and a bachelorâ€™s degree is required for acceptance.
Committed to a team-based care, PAs work closely with physicians and other providers to ensure that patients always receive high-quality care. To obtain a license, PAs must graduate from an accredited PA program and pass a certification exam. To maintain their certification, PAs must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every two years and take a recertification exam every 10 years.