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What is a Physician Assistant?

Physician Assistants (PA) are highly skilled health care professionals licensed by the state to practice medicine, as part of a team, with physician supervision. Within the physician-PA relationship, PAs exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. Their comprehensive responsibilities include:

PAs practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.

How is a Physician Assistant Trained?

PAs are trained in intensive education programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Because of the close working relationship that PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners.

State licensure for PAs requires graduation from an accredited physician assistant education program and passage of the national certification exam.

To maintain their national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years, and must also sit for a recertification exam every ten years.

Restoring a Pain-Free Life

Pain can significantly impact the quality of your life, making it hard to perform routine daily tasks and participate in your favorite activities. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with this pain any longer. At the Denver Spine and Pain Institute, we offer the most advanced treatments to alleviate your pain, helping you enjoy life again.

We’re the only sports, back and pain specialists in the country providing a Connected Care Approach™ specifically designed to get you back to enjoying life faster. This approach involves:

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