Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Douglas M. Brock


The current climate of job market favors the physician assistant profession, and the trends indicate that it will continue to do so well into the near future. These opportunities do not come without challenges from other factors facing the market, and new PAs need to be aware of them and work to find ways to actively compete against them. Understanding the effectiveness and efficiency of their profession and how they perform when pitched against NPs in medicine can help PAs secure a job with an employer who are choosing between hiring one and not the other. Once hired, being involved with the innovation portfolio within their organizations, can help open new opportunities for PAs to build their careers.