The perceptions of physician assistants regarding doctorate level PA education
Ohlemeier, Lindsay S.
Muma, Richard D.
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Ohlemeier, Lindsay S., Muma, Richard D. (2008) . The perceptions of physician assistants regarding doctorate level PA education . In Proceedings: 4th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.137-138
Many mid-level health care professions have implemented the clinical doctorate. The physician assistant (PA) profession has not implemented doctoral-level education. This cross - sectional study was designed to determine the perceptions of practicing PAs regarding the Doctorate of Physician Assistant (DPA). A survey was sent to a randomized sample of United States PAs that were in the database of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). The results were analyzed using Chi-Square analysis and descriptive statistics. The response rate for this survey was 23% (n=1,500). The majority of the respondents were not in favor of the DPA (55.8%). The study results reveal a group of practicing PAs in the United States that do not favor the profession moving toward offering a DPA degree.
Paper presented to the 4th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 25, 2008.
Research completed at the Department of Physician Assistant, College of Health Professions