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Physician Assistant


Minimum Education Requirement:
Master of Science (MS) in physician assistant studies from an accredited institution or associate degree in physician assistant studies with any bachelor's degree


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Physician Assistant

Career Description

Whether assigned to a large medical center or a remote forward-operating base where you're the only medical officer on site, as an Air Force Physician Assistant, you'll be challenged to your full potential. One day you could be working on base with first-class equipment, and the next you could be in a third-world country on a humanitarian mission with not much more than you can carry in a Humvee. No matter where you are, your job will always be the same—provide the best medical care possible.

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Career Tasks

  • Exercise autonomy in medical decision-making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services
  • Provide a clinical role primarily in family practice, with fellowship opportunities in areas such as orthopedics and emergency medicine
  • Deploy to provide medical expertise in wartime, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions
  • Practice quality patient care, clinical teaching, patient education, research and leadership activities

Relevant Interests & Skills

You might like this career if you have interests in these areas:

  • Health and Medicine
  • Natural Science
  • Business, Operations and Administration

Becoming a Commissioned Officer

To ease your transition into the Air Force, you'll enter a five-week training regimen designed to educate you on the ways of both the military and military healthcare. You'll participate in physical conditioning five days a week, leadership training and classroom studies.