Physician Assistants ·  Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants. Excludes "Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics" (29-2041), "Medical Assistants" (31-9092), "Registered Nurses" (29-1141), "Nurse Anesthetists" (29-1151), "Nurse Midwives" (29-1161), and "Nurse Practitioners" (29-1171).

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Licensing Information ·   Physician Assistant

Licensing Description:
An applicant shall furnish evidence of good moral character by letter of reference from director of their physician assistant program and evidence of completion of the program. All certifications should be submitted to the board for verification. Contact licensing agency for additional information.

Licensing Agency:
Division Of Professional Registration
Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 4
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335

Licensing History:  

RegionNumber of active licenses in 2012
The South Central Region15

Occupational Tasks ·  Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
· Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal.
· Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients.
· Obtain, compile and record patient medical data, including health history, progress notes and results of physical examination.
· Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests.
· Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
· Perform therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and infection management.
· Instruct and counsel patients about prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance.
· Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.

Educational Requirements: ·  Bachelor's degree

Occupational Skill Set
Skill Relevance
·  Active Listening 92%
·  Active Learning 84%
·  Speaking 84%
·  Reading Comprehension 82%
·  Critical Thinking 80%
·  Writing 77%
·  Coordination 75%
·  Time Management 74%
·  Social Perceptiveness 73%
·  Science 73%