Serve full-time in the Navy Medical Service Corps Physician Assistant

Do far more than just follow the lead of esteemed medical colleagues.

There are now openings for Physician Assistants in America’s Navy.

Industry: Military, Health Care, Primary Care, Surgical Subspecialties, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Rural Medicine, Hospital, R&D

Type of Service: Full-time (Active Duty)

Type of Position: Officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps (college degree and certification required)

About this Job: Navy Physician Assistants (PAs) work hands-on with supervising physicians and surgeons – enjoying exceptional freedom and autonomy when it comes to addressing patients’ needs. In this role:

  • 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
  • Work in military hospitals and clinics on U.S. soil, overseas, aboard ships and with special operational units
  • Assist in Navy medical relief missions worldwide

Key Opportunities: A Navy PA does much of what a civilian PA does. There are also distinct professional advantages:

  • Pursue opportunities not readily available in civilian practice (e.g., work in exciting locations across the U.S. or around the globe)
  • Receive unrivaled clinical care experience and Navy-funded advanced training
  • Earn excellent compensation and credentials as a member of a renowned team of experts
  • Work in state-of-the-art facilities with cutting-edge technology and ample support
  • Receive potential graduate school loan repayment assistance
  • Distinguish yourself with pride and respect as a medical provider and a Navy Officer

Qualifications and Requirements: Candidates must satisfy specific criteria to be eligible for employment consideration.

  • U.S. citizenship: Required (note that foreign citizens licensed to practice in the U.S. will be considered)
  • 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)
  • Gender: Male or female
  • Age: 18 to 41
  • Medical exam: Required
  • Physical fitness test: Required
  • Service commitment: Minimum of three years of Active Duty

Learn more about a Physician Assistant career in America's Navy – including details on current offers and responsibilities.