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The physician assistant (PA) is a state-licensed or federally-credentialed health care professional who practices medicine with physician supervision. In clinical practice, PAs perform an extensive range of medical services in nearly every medical and surgical specialty and health care setting. Offering many of the services traditionally provided by physicians with rapidly increasing frequency from coast to coast, the profession is poised to internationalize. As part of their many roles in the clinical setting, physician assistants:

  • Take patient histories and perform physical exams
  • Diagnose illnesses and develop treatment plans
  • Order lab tests and prescribe medications
  • Counsel and educate patients
  • In surgical settings, suture wounds and assist in surgery

Physician Assistant1

Earn your Master's of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, MSPAS, and prepare for one of the most in-demand careers out there: Physician Assistant. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), with a job growth rate of 37 percent, there will be a huge and rapidly rising need for these professionals for much of the next decade. On average, it pays a six-figure salary — $104,860 median pay for 2017!

Health Specialties Teacher2

Use your degree to prepare the next generation of health professionals by taking a position in health education. The median annual salary for postsecondary teachers was $75,430 in 2017. The market for these professionals is projected to grow 13 percent by 2026.


With the right work experiences, licenses and certifications, graduates of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program from University of the Cumberlands should be able to pursue a career in the following areas:

  • Clinical Physician Assistant
  • Certified Physician Assistant
  • Adjunct Instructor or Professor
  • Occupational Therapy Professor

$104,860  Median Annual Pay for Physician Assistants1

1Physician Assistants
2Postsecondary Teachers