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Program Overview

If you are interested in a career in the fast-growing health care field, this four-year program may be for you. Physician assistants in Florida practice under the supervision of a physician. They conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and often write prescriptions.

At Miami Dade College, you'll hone your skills by working alongside surgeons and physicians. Access to the College's numerous health care partners will also help you develop real-world experience.

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Program Details

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is the designated degree for flexible baccalaureate programs that are designed to accommodate the unique demands for entry and advancement within specific workforce sectors. B.A.S. programs provide degree completion opportunities for students from a variety of educational backgrounds but primarily for those with A.S. degrees or the equivalent. This degree is only available to students who have completed the Physician Assistant Associate in Science degree. Course work includes:

  • Intro to Research Methodology in¬†Healthcare
  • Leadership/Mgmt. Health Professional
  • Teaching Skills for Health Professional
  • Client Education in Health Care
  • Alternative Medicine Strategies

Career Prospects

With health care shortages on the rise, physician assistants are in high demand. Upon graduation, students take a national certification examination. To maintain their national certification, physician assistants must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a recertification every six years. To receive a state license you must graduate from an accredited physician assistant program in Florida and pass the national certifying exam.

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