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Careers associated with a master of Science in physician assistant studies

The physician assistant (PA) is a state-licensed or federally-credentialed health care professional who practices medicine with physician supervision, depending on state laws. In clinical practice, PAs perform an extensive range of medical services in nearly every medical and surgical specialty and health care setting. Offering many of the services traditionally provided by physicians with rapidly increasing frequency from coast to coast, the profession is poised to internationalize. As part of their many roles in the clinical setting, physician assistants:

  • Take patient histories and perform physical exams
  • Diagnose illnesses and develop treatment plans
  • Order lab tests and prescribes medications
  • Counsel and educate patients
  • In surgical settings, suture wounds and assist in surgery

Physician Assistant1

Earn your Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, MSPAS, and prepare for one of the most in-demand careers out there: Physician Assistant. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), with a job growth rate of 31 percent, there will be a huge and rapidly rising need for these professionals for much of the next decade. On average, it pays a six-figure salary — $112,260 median pay for 2019!

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Use your degree to prepare the next generation of health professionals by taking a position in health education. The median annual salary for postsecondary teachers was $79,540 in 2019. The market for these professionals is projected to grow 11 percent by 2028.


With the right work experiences, licenses and certifications, graduates of the Physician Assistant Program from University of the Cumberlands should be able to pursue a career in the following areas:

  • Clinical Physician Assistant
  • Certified Physician Assistant
  • Adjunct Instructor or Professor
  • Occupational Therapy Professor

$112,260  Median Annual Pay for Physician Assistants1

1Physician Assistants
2Postsecondary Teachers