Ideal career

By:Elizabeth Nichols
Physician Assistant

1. When I get out of school I plan on being a Physicians Assistant PA for short. A PA is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor.They can do physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient counseling, and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes.

2.The company I am considering to work for is Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, W.V.

3. Most physician assistants have a bachelor’s degree. Then, they must complete an educational program for physician assistants. That usually takes at least 2 years of full-time study and typically leads to a master’s degree. All states require physician assistants be licensed. To become licensed you have to graduate from a program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

4. I can get this training at Alderson Broaddus college in Phillip West Virginia. To get into this college I would need a GPA of 3.0 and I would need a composite ACT score in the 19-24 average. West Liberty University is also another college where I could get this training. To be eligible for admission,you must either graduate with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and have a composite standard score of at least 18 on the ACT, or a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0 regardless of the ACT composite score.

5. Some obstacles I will be facing would be keeping good grades through out the years I will be studying to become a Physicians assistant, and also trying to be one of the highest in my class so when I go to apply at a hospital I can say I was one of the highest students in my class. With that on an application in might help me get in before another student applying to the same job as me.

6. How I can overcome these obstacles would be to study every night before my tests, and to try and do my best on every assignment that I am assigned. I can also get more help from my teachers if I don't understand what I learned that day to maintain good grades.

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