Health care is one of the fastest growing fields in the country and USF’s Physician Assistant program in Albuquerque will jettison you into one of the fastest growing professions in the health care field. With a looming shortage of primary care physicians, now is the time to live your dream of helping others—as a physician assistant.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants defines physician assistants “as health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision.”
Physician assistants (P.A.s) are often the first health care provider to examine patients. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities physician assistants provide patients with services ranging from primary care medicine to specialized surgical care.
As a member of a health care team, the P.A. can be found taking medical histories, examining and treating patients, ordering and interpreting laboratory tests and x-rays, and making diagnoses. Minor injuries—surturing, splinting and casting—may be part of your day’s work. P.A.s record progress notes, instruct and counsel patients and order or carry out therapy. In all states as well as the District of Columbia, physician assistants may prescribe some medications. A P.A. may be responsible for managerial duties, such as ordering medical supplies or equipment and supervising technicians and assistants. Technology, such as telemedicine, provides unique opportunities for physician assistants and their patients.
P.A.s can be found in physicians’ offices or clinics (56%), hospitals (24%), nursing homes, prisons, home health care agencies, government, as well as academia.
The University of St. Francis works closely with each P.A. student to ensure that he/she will become a competent, compassionate and comprehensive health care provider. Our focus is on providing care for the medically underserved. Many of our graduates are providing service in medically underserved areas of our region. Here, the P.A.s serve as primary providers, conferring with their supervising physicians and other medical professionals as needed and required by law.
We emphasize health maintenance, disease prevention and lifelong learning for our students and their patients.
When you graduate from the University of St. Francis as a physician assistant, you will appreciate the dignity of the individual, and be a leader in advocating for quality of life for both individuals and the community as a whole. You will be a physician assistant ready to deliver the highest quality of health care services.
After graduation, students are eligible to take the national P.A. board exam called PANCE, which is administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Our five-year, first-time taker average pass rate is 96% and our five-year aggregate pass rate is 99%.
The University of St. Francis Physician Assistant program is deeply rooted in the university’s mission and values. P.A. faculty and students are very involved in the health and well-being of the community. Here are just a few of their projects over the last several years: