A physician assistant, or PA, is a licensed and highly skilled health care professional, trained to provide patient evaluation, education and health care services. A PA works with a physician to provide medical care and guidance needed by a patient.
What does PA-C stand for?
PA-C stands for physician assistant-certified. It means that the person who holds the title has met the defined course of study and has undergone testing by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). The NCCPA is an independent organization, and the commissioners represent a number of different medical professions. To maintain that title of certified, a physician assistant must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and take the recertification exam every six years.