B.Sc. Physician Assistant

B.Sc. Physician Assistant or Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant is an undergraduate Medical course. Physician Assistant is a skilled health care professional who is qualified with academic and clinical training to provide health care services under the supervision of a specialist. The training that they receive equips them to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive healthcare services. The course is designed to train the student in examining and treating patients, order and interpret laboratory x-rays and perform the diagnosis. Physician Assistant also has several other responsibilities such as treating minor injuries, preparing and preserving progress notes and performing certain managerial duties. 

Eligibility Criteria for Admission to BSc Physician Assistant

The minimum eligibility criteria for students who want to pursue an BSc Physician Assistant from Indian universities are given below:

  • Students must have passed Class 12 or equivalent in Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as compulsory subjects.
  • The student must get a minimum of 55% of the aggregate of marks from any recognized board.
  • Clearing cut-off marks in the entrance examination is the prime requirement in some medical colleges for getting admission to this course.

The students also have to do well in the Personal Interview round.

B.Sc. Physician Assistant Syllabus

Year I

Anatomy
Physiology
Biochemistry
Introduction to Computers
Technical Writing/Spoken English
Patient-Oriented Communication Skills
In-service Training, I (Lab Rotation)

Year II

Medicine & Pharmacology
Surgery/ Equipments / Anaesthesiology
Paediatrics & Geriatrics
Clinical Microbiology
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
In-service Training II (Clinical Department Rotation)

Year III

Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Neurology
Nephrology / Pulmonology
Gastroenterology/Orthopaedics
In-service Training III (Surgical Department Rotation)

Career Options and Job Profiles

The various job prospects and career options for this BSc Physician Assistant course are as follows:

  • There are a large number of job opportunities available to students after completing this course. Students can get a chance to work in various Govt and Private medical centers like the Max Hospital and nursing homes and can pursue specialized courses in Cardiothoracic, Neurosurgery, Dermatology, and General Surgery etc.
  • Students can work in various areas of employment such as Patient Care Technicians, Dieticians, Teacher, Drug Safety Associates, Ortho Physician Assistants etc.

Some of the popular professional jobs available to BSc Physician Assistant degree holders along with the corresponding salaries are provided in the table given below:

Job Profile Job Description Average Annual Salary
Dietician Responsible for providing proper diet chart for the patients INR 6,50,000
Medical Consultant Responsible for providing support to the experienced doctors INR 4,55,000
Ortho Physician Assistant Responsible for supporting patients and doctors INR 5,30,000
Personal Health Counsellor Responsible for providing healthcare services to patients. INR 5,75,000
Drug Safety Associate A Drug Safety Associate is responsible for checking the number of drugs used in the medicines INR 6,80,000

Future Scope After Completing a B.Sc Physician Assistant Course

Students who have completed their graduation in Physician Assistant have a large number of career options. The future scopes for students of BSc Physician Assistant course are given below:

Higher Education: Students can opt for higher education post completion of BSc Physician Assistant degree course. The higher education options they can pursue are :

  • If one wishes to pursue studies in the same field of education, he/ she can opt for MSc in related discipline i.e. MSc Physician Assistant, MSc Nursing etc.
  • Competitive Exams: Students, after completing their graduation in Physician Assistant, can appear in different competitive examinations for government jobs, including UPSC CSE, IFS, and PSC of different states.

So, after completing BSc Physician Assistant course students will be able to choose a career as per their skills and area of interest. You can go for higher education or you can also opt for a decent job.

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