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PA Studies Ranked as No. 1 Master’s Degree for Jobs

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medical educationAs reported by ABC-affiliated KTBS, Forbes recently named Physician Assistant (PA) Studies as the top master’s degree in the country for jobs in 2014. The Shreveport, Louisiana-based television station further expanded on the pros of pursuing and holding a PA degree and why the degree is ranked number one for jobs.

The article states the PA program at Louisiana State University Health Shreveport has a 100 percent job-placement rate for PAs within six months graduation. And “applications to enroll keep coming in to the point where there’s a waiting list.”

The American Academy of Physician Assistants’ (AAPA) website states there are currently more than 93,000 active and licensed PAs in the US. According to a snapshot from the AAPA’s 2013 Annual Survey, each year, a typical PA treats approximately 3,500 patients, and writes between 2,600 and 5,200 prescriptions. Eighty percent of PAs provide acute care management and 52 percent perform minor surgical procedures. Of the 18,000 members and nonmembers surveyed, 37 percent reported working in medically underserved communities, and 32 percent practice in primary care—one of the specialties hardest hit by the physician shortage.

Visit the Weatherby Healthcare job board to see open Physician Assistant jobs throughout the country.

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