Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants

CERTIFIED PAs MYTHS & FACTS

Posted 9 months ago by MYPA Admin

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MYTHS and FACTS (7.5 MB)

PAs are educated in the medical model versus the nursing model.

MYTH: PAs are educated like NPs.

FACT: The medical model is based on prerequisite sciences, a curriculum based on disease and biological science, and an approach to diagnoses using evidence-based medicine. The Free Dictionary relates medical model to a “set of procedures in which all doctors are trained. This set includes complaint, history, physical examination, ancillary tests if needed, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis with and without treatment...The concept of ‘disease’ is central to the medical model...”

Other facts:

  • PAs graduate with 2,000 or more hours of precepted, graduate-level clinical training.
  • PAs are also educated to practice medicine collaboratively, consistent with their
  • knowledge, skills, and ability.
  • Currently, there are no part-time or online PA programs.

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