Physician Assistant Careers
MONEY Magazine rated Physician Assistant as the second overall best career (2010).
The PA profession also tops FORBES Magazine's (2010) list of "Best Master's Degrees for Jobs," thanks in part to the ample number of projected job openings and the quick-hire rate of new graduates. It's projected that over the next 10 years, 29,000 physician assistant jobs will be added - a nearly 40% increase over the past decade.
Your D’Youville training will prepare you to work with physicians in all clinical disciplines. Nationally, physician assistants are employed in both primary and non-primary care specialties. Due to the dynamic nature of the healthcare environment, physician assistants work in research, public health, healthcare administration and academic medicine.
A physician assistant degree from D’Youville prepares you to practice primary care medicine in a complementary role with a physician. Another part of the program's mission is to instill the personal philosophy of life-long learning.
Many graduates enter residency programs that provide intensive specialty training in disciplines such as pediatrics, surgery, emergency medicine and rural health. Other students continue their education in public health programs, healthcare administration and teaching. Capitalizing on the physician assistants' strong clinical foundation, many specialties have training programs in very specific fields such as renal and hepatic disease.