Health Careers

Considering a Career as a Physician's Assistant?

Do you want to learn more about health care and being a physician by working under the supervision of a professional? Want to help improve the lives of others? Then, consider a career as a physician’s assistant because it could be the perfect career for you! West Hills College’s degree plans can give you the knowledge necessary to be successful in your future career as a physician’s assistant.

What do Physician's Assistants do?

A physician’s assistant has the ability to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician.  They are formally trained by a physician to run diagnostics and run preventive health care services. The tasks of a physician’s assistant vary depending on what the physician they work under demands. In general, physician’s assistants examine and help treat patients, order laboratory tests and x-rays and interpret them, and treat minor injuries by suturing and casting. In some establishments a physician’s assistant has managerial responsibilities which include ordering equipment and supplies and supervising assistants and technicians. In other areas, they may be the primary physician for a patient.

West Hills College’s degree programs will prepare you for what to expect in this career. At West Hills College, the degree program you undertake will help you to continue your education at a four-year college and start your career as a physician assistant.

What would I make as a Physician Assistant?

In 2018, the average wage for a physician assistant in California was $117,510.

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