When compared to becoming an MD, taking a physician assistant program in school would take less time, and cost less money overall. So, in a way you could say that becoming a physician assistant is “easy.” Having said that, however, there is a lot you have to do to become a physician assistant. While you might never make as much as a medical doctor – like a surgeon – getting through a physician assistant program can lead to a really good lifestyle.
Becoming a Physician Assistant – the Three P’s
- Plan – The first part of your journey to become a PA should be planning. Do you want to finish your college first then enter a PA program? Or do you want to start with a physician assistant program from the get-go? These are important questions that you need to answer before you can proceed.
- Pick – Once you know more about what you want, you can begin to narrow down different schools. Picking the right college or university is important if you want to be successful as a physician assistant. Start with a “short list” of five to ten schools and gradually weed out any that don’t feel right or are missing some of your requirements. Ask for other opinions if you want.
- Proceed – Eventually, you are going to have to choose a path. Picking the right college is easy if you do the planning stage correctly and know exactly what you want to achieve and what you need to reach your goals. This makes the decision of picking a school easier for many people. Make sure you don’t hesitate too long, however. Pick a path as soon as you can.
Once you know what type of PA program you want to follow, find the most suitable school for your personal goals. Taking your time and making sure you are a good fit with the curriculum as well as the social aspects of a school will go a long way in setting you up for success. The life of a physician assistant is not for everyone, but if you want to make a good living and help people every day of your life, it may be what you have been seeking.