Physician Assistant (PA)

Physician Assistants (PAs) are highly trained and skilled health care professionals. A PA provides a broad range of medical services while working under the supervision of a physician.

What do Physician Assistants do?

  • Order lab tests and imaging
  • Perform histories and physicals
  • Document patient charts
  • Perform minor procedures
  • Make diagnoses
  • Interpret test results
  • Write prescriptions for discharge medications

Where do Physician Assistants work?

  • Hospitals or health care centres
  • Community clinics
  • Emergency departments
  • Cancer care programs

Physician Assistants at AHS

In 2013, AHS launched a physician assistant demonstration project to add PAs to our health care teams. Currently, there are 10 physicians assistants participating in the project across Alberta. To learn more about PAs at AHS, watch the video, ‘Physician Assistant Demonstration Project’.

What are the credentials for a Physician Assistant?

  • Completion of a two-year Physician Assistant Education Program (PAEP). This is after two to four years of university preparation.
  • Over 2,000 hours of clinical training in areas that may include: emergency medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopedics, sports medicine, general surgery, anesthesia, trauma and family medicine.
  • Member of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA)
  • Certified and registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)