Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
  • Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
  • Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests.
  • Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal.

Recommended Credentials

Master's Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College: Associate in Science and Degree

Transfer into a Bachelor's Degree of Science, Engineering or pre-med focus 

Elsewhere in Michigan


Saginaw Valley State University: Pre-Physician Assistant

Western Michigan University: Physicians Assistant 

Wayne State University: Physicians Assistant Studies 

Grand Valley State University: Physician Assistant Studies 

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

You enjoy learning advanced biology, chemistry and technology.

  • Take AP science classes in high school 
  • Job shadow a physician's assistant or doctor

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Take AP or advanced biology, chemistry, physics and coursework recommended for pre-college.

Consider joining a program such as Northwest Education Services’ Health Sciences Program to start your journey. 

Pathway 2

NMC Arts and Sciences Associates and transfer to 4-year college for a Bachelor's Degree as a Physician's Assistant 

Pathway 3

Pursue a Master's Degree and then complete 3 - 5 years of on the job training 


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C)
  • Clinical Physician Assistant
  • Family Practice Physician Assistant

Hear It From The Pros

10-Year Job Growth Projections

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Employed Regionally

In 2021 (10-County Region)

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region


Annual Hires Regionally

In 2021

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Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Physician's Assistant

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