The PA profession was established in 1965 and the PA program at UAB began only two years later. Although the profession began in order to serve underserved rural populations, you will be entering a field that appears in almost all medical and surgical specialties.
Upon graduation from UAB, you will become a healthcare professional licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. You will function under the direction of the physician and will be expected to perform appropriately delegated tasks autonomously with the full confidence of the physician.
To be eligible for licensure, you must graduate from an accredited physician assistant program and pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). The UAB PA Program has been accredited since 1974.
To maintain your licensure, you must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education credits every two years and pass the Physician Assistant National Recertification Examination (PANRE) every ten years. You may obtain additional training through postgraduate residency programs in subspecialty areas, but these programs are not required for licensure or practice in subspecialty areas.