There are so many different kinds of medical professionals. Do you ever know who is treating you and asking your personal questions? We found some useful information that will help you know how long each profession has to go to school and their training.
First, we need to name the different medical professions. We will examine Medical Assistants (MA), Nurses (RN, BSN), Nurse Practitioners (NP), Physician Assistants (PA) and Physicians (MD). The rigor that accompanies these professions increases through this list respectively.
Medical Assistant:A medical assistant helps within a medical facility in an administrative role. Medical assistants make any medical facility run smoother.
Nurse:Most people know what a nurse is but a nurse focuses on the care of individuals, families and communities. They do this to attain, maintain and recover the optimal quality of life for those who require their assistance.
Nurse Practitioner:A “step up” from a nurse. A nurse practitioner promotes and maintains health through the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions.
Physician Assistant: A physician's assistant assists with medical procedures. However, a physician's assistant is NOT licensed. They cannot do medical procedures.
Physician: A physician is the main person that diagnoses, treats, performs surgeries in a medical setting.
What It Takes
To become a physician, you have to go through an undergraduate degree, an MD program and do a specific residency in a field of your choice. Some residencies are two years and some can be up to four or five years. Your specialty dictates how long your stint in medical school will be. Medical assistants need not go to any medical school. Their training consists of 134 classroom hours, 160 clinic hours and one to two years of post-high school education. Much less than that of a physician. However, each person within the medical profession has no small role.
Why It Is Important to Know
Know who you are dealing with when you are in a medical setting. We want to make sure that you know who you are trusting to give you medical opinions. Know who is looking after you.
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