Becoming a Physician Assistant – 530

How can an AT become a PA?

Interested in going from AT to Physician Assistant?

Reagan Dunnahoo has a unique skill set.  She was a practicing AT who went back to school to get her Physician Assistant license.  Reagan is now working at a small school where she is both the PA and AT.

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What is a PA?

Here is an infogrgraphic from AAPA.ORG

PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative.

PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.

Who do the skills of an AT and PA work together?

When Reagan went to PA school she felt she could have done a better job leading the orthopedic section of the course than her instructor due to her extensive training with AT.

As a PA you have a greater responsibility for each patient and your patient population is larger.

Skills learned as an AT absolutely help Reagan succeed as a Physician Assistant.

Things to really consider:

PA school consumed about 95% of her time.

Over half of her graduating class is not still practicing as a PA

You are not allowed to work to earn income while attending most programs

Only one marriage survived her cohort

There is a lack of autonomy with PAs. It is actually easier to work on your own as a nurse practitioner than a Physician Assistant

How can I ask more questions of Reagan?

Email Reagan – rdunnahoo@hatchschools.net

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