Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.
These are some of the task:
Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients.
Diagnose medical conditions.
Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
Prescribe treatments or therapies.
Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests.
Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
Obtain, compile and record patient medical data, including health history, progress notes and results of physical examination.
Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
Record patient medical histories.
Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal.
Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
Instruct and counsel patients about prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance.
Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.