Physician assistants are nationally certified health professionals who provide primary medical care, including diagnosing and treating diseases, and prescribing medication. They often work under the direction of a physician. When a physician is unavailable, physician assistants serve as the authority on determining medical necessity, priority, and requirements for emergency care, stabilization, and patient evacuation.Explore this career outside the military
Physician assistants work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.
What you can expect to experience while on the job
Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.
Physician Assistants in the Military
Military salaries include a lot more than just base pay.
They also offer:
Learn more about what goes into a salary with the compensation estimator
Learn more about military insurance and retirement benefits
People in this career achieve this level of education.
Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for physician assistants primarily consists of classroom instruction, including practice in providing patient healthcare, and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Physician assistants often have the opportunity to teach, research, and learn at various health education programs. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Fundamental medical care proceduresPrinciples of behavioral and dental scienceHealthcare administration techniquesRead More
Select major to see colleges that offer it
Skills helpful in this career