Medical assistant jobs offer training in emerging need areas Physician Assistant

In the Navy, a Physician Assistant (PA) plays a central role in one of the most capable health-care networks on earth. Here, you’ll 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.

Work in state-of-the-art facilities, with cutting-edge technology and ample support. Make a profound impact on the lives of those who serve and their families at home and abroad. You’ll also have the opportunity to serve those in dire need across the U.S. or around the globe.

As a Navy PA, you’ll discover challenges and responsibilities that enhance your personal and professional growth. Plus, you may be eligible to receive scholarships, tuition assistance or funds to repay graduate school loans.

No matter where you are in your career, you’ll attain clinical and leadership skills you can take anywhere and receive unrivaled clinical care experience and advanced training that will benefit you long after you return to civilian life.

Job Description

As a Navy Physician Assistant, you will take on a leadership role as an integral part of the Navy's health-care delivery team. You will:

  • 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

You could also:

  • Get financial assistance for continuing medical education (recertification exams are available)
  • Apply for postgraduate specialty training under established guidelines for Medical Service Corps Officers
  • Receive credit for both workplace experience and master's level courses in the PA field

Specific Responsibilities

As an Officer 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

Here, you won’t just follow the lead of medical colleagues. You’ll establish leadership in your own right.

Work Environment

As a Navy Clinical Care Provider, you will work in military hospitals and clinics on U.S. soil, overseas, aboard ships and with Special Operations units.

You could also work at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, Maryland; Portsmouth, Virginia; and San Diego, California. Or you could provide support aboard an aircraft carrier or one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.

No matter where you serve, you’ll provide leadership and expertise to support your country, in support of the men and women who defend it, their families and the world at large.

Education Opportunities

Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous scholarships, financial assistance and continuing education programs.

Graduate Students

Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) – Receive 100% tuition assistance while completing an eligible physician assistant education program, plus a monthly stipend of $2,179 to help cover living expenses for up to 24 months.

Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.

Navy Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP) – Receive up to $134,600 while finishing your degree. This amount includes a generous monthly salary and housing allowance ranging from $3,280 to $5,610 for up to 24 months.*

Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.

*Navy HSCP housing allowance based on graduate school location. Increased offer amounts available in areas with a higher cost of living.

Practicing Professionals

Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP) – Receive up to $80,000 to help repay your graduate school loans by applying to receive $40,000 each year for up to two years.*

To be eligible, you must serve as an Active Duty Medical Service Corps Officer for each year you receive the loan payment.

Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.

*Offer depends on specialty, service requirement and availability.


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. (contact a
    Navy Medical Recruiter for details)
  • 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


After the Navy

In the Navy, you’ll find the time and freedom to treat patients as you see fit, unrivaled training and educational opportunities, and incomparable benefits and experience. You’ll also find superior career advancement opportunities that will pay off long after you return to the civilian world.

Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America's Navy. Besides full-time opportunities in Active Duty, part-time Reserve positions are also available in this career area.