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Physician Assistant (PA) programme is an American concept which was introduced in India few years ago. Physician Assistants are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive health care services in virtually all medical specialties, as delegated by a physician. Working as members of a health care team, they take medical histories, perform physical examination, order and interpret laboratory tests and X-rays and make diagnosis. They also manage minor injuries by suturing, splinting and casting. PAs record progress notes, instruct and counsel patients, and order to carry out therapy.. There are several job offers from various institutions. PA is a skilled health care professional, who is qualified in academic and clinical training to provide health care services under the supervision of a specialist. They undertake all matters of a patient, beginning from preparing medical histories, examining patients, writing case summaries, arranging laboratory tests like X-rays, ECGs, ultra-sonogram, counseling patients etc. The doctors who have busy practice may not get time to take care of all the problems of a patient. At this juncture the role of the PAs becomes vital. The PAs work in different departments such as Out-Patient wing, Operation theatre, Catheterization labs, Coronary care units, Intensive care units, Organ Transplant units, Reproductive Medicine, Orthopedics and trauma care and Nuclear Medicine. The scope of this course is tremendous in our country.


The objective of the course is

  • To prepare the students proficient in clinical reasoning and self-directed learning through a comprehensive curriculum of basic and clinical sciences.
  • To demonstrate a high level of medical knowledge and effectively apply that knowledge to patient care.
  • To produce graduates who demonstrate cultural sensitivity, and respect for individual differences among colleagues and patients.
  • to train the students in patient care related activities without independent powers in patient's final treatment or its decision making.

Course Level: U.G


  • Assist physician in clinic, hospital, health centre etc
  • Can work individually in rural health centres.