A physician assistant, certified (PA-C) is a healthcare professional trained to diagnose and treat illness as well as provide preventative care under physician supervision. PA-Cs are certified by the National Commission of Certifications of PAs (NCCPA) after thousands of hours of training.
PA-Cs often have many primary care patients they will care for over many years — some of whom will never even meet a supervising physician. PA-Cs obtain patient histories, perform physical examinations, diagnose illnesses, develop treatment strategies, order and interpret lab tests, counsel patients, and more.
PA-Cs help to reduce routine workloads for doctors and provide quality healthcare services for patients.