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Physician Assistant

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Physician Assistant

In the Navy, a Physician Assistant (PA) plays a central role in one of the most capable health-care networks on earth. They have exceptional freedom to address patients’ needs and the opportunity to work hands-on with supervising physicians and surgeons, collaborating to deliver the highest standard of care.

In the Navy, a Physician Assistant (PA) plays a central role in one of the most capable health-care networks on earth. They have exceptional freedom to address patients’ needs and the opportunity to work hands-on with supervising physicians and surgeons, collaborating to deliver the highest standard of care.

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About This Job

Physician Assistants are leaders on the Navy’s health-care delivery team. Playing an integral role, they:

  • Work hand in hand with supervising physicians and surgeons  
  • Provide many services that civilian physicians provide  
  • Handle primary-care issues or pursue a specific surgical subspecialty  
  • Oversee other members of the medical team  
  • Train in emerging need areas, such as emergency medicine, rural medicine and family practice
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As a PA in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you will help care for Sailors, Marines and their families. You may also have the chance to assist in Navy medical relief missions worldwide.

You will:

 

  • Obtain medical histories
  • Perform comprehensive exams
  • Treat minor injuries
  • Interpret lab tests and X-rays  
  • Counsel patients, providing detailed instructions for home-care procedures
  • Prescribe medications
  • Carry out treatment plans
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Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Physician Assistants in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your profession in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.

For annual training, Physician Assistants may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside, or on bases in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Physician Assistants in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the twelve-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

With flexible training options, Medical Service Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own career – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Medical Service Corps in the Navy Reserve offers you a truly diverse variety of operational venues. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian location you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

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Practicing Professionals

As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $50,000 in graduate school loan repayment assistance
  • Up to $30,000 in specialty pay  
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).

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To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as a Physician Assistant in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.  
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
    Completion of a physician assistant education program approved by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) 
  • Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41  
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

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Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
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