The Physician Assistants Code Of Ethics

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Physician Assistant’s who may also go by the name PA, practice medicine under the supervision of a physician or a surgeon. PA’s must be formally trained and can examine patients, review medical histories, diagnose illnesses and injuries, order and interpret diagnostic tests such as x-rays and blood tests, prescribe medication, document patient progress, and treat a range of ailments (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2014). The physician assistants code of ethics is divided into four categories; Patient independence, goodwill, fair treatment and nonmaleficence (Anderson, J. (2015)). The code of ethics promotes dignity, integrity, honesty and accountability.
There are very structured requirements in place in order for someone to become a physician’s assistant. The individual must have graduated from a physicians assistant program which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). The individual is required is to pass the NCCPA, which stands for
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and pay the associated fees and turn in the appropriate applications. These applications can be located at: As of July 1, 2012, rigid statues have been set in place which gives the department the right to refuse licensure to anyone who has been involved in a felony, have been
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