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What Is a Per Diem Physician Assistant and How to Become One

Per Diem Physician Assistant

What Does a Physician Assistant Who Works Per Diem Do?

A physician assistant (PA) provides health care and medical services for patients under the supervision of a licensed doctor. As a per diem physician assistant, you get a set payment for each day that you work. PAs examine and diagnose patients, provide treatments, order tests, and perform other duties approved by a physician. Your responsibilities are the same as those of a full-time PA, but you receive assignments in different locations, work to a fill-in PA for full-time staff members, or work temporarily when medical facilities expect an unusually high number of patients. You may switch frequently or stay at a facility for weeks at a time.

How Can I Become a Physician Assistant Who Works Per Diem?

The qualifications that you need to become a physician assistant include a postgraduate degree, clinical experience, and a license. Physician assistants need to graduate from a physician assistant master’s degree program. During your studies, you need to gain clinical experience through an internship and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). Once you pass the exam, you receive the Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C) designation. You need to take continuing education courses to maintain your certification. Because these are temporary assignments, per day physician assistants need to have the skills to adapt quickly to new environments.