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MS vs BS degrees in PA


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10+ Year Member
Aug 18, 2004
    hello~ what's the difference between PAs with BS and those with MS degrees?

    I heard PAs with BS work in small clinics, while those with MS work in hosptals. Is this true? If I get a BS in physician assistance, will I be limited to working in small clinics only?


    Senior Member
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    15+ Year Member
    Apr 23, 2003
      The difference in education is nothing. The profession has made a move to recommend that all PA programs progress to Master's to give credit for the level of education a PA goes through. It is obviously Master's level work, regardless of what you call it. The other reason is that our counterparts in the nursing profession are awarded a Master's degree for argueably less work. I think the real reason is the nurse practitioner thing.
      So, if you have a choice, just get the Mater's degree. You will make your life easier. Good luck.


      T. D. Erickson, PA-C
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      15+ Year Member
      Aug 24, 2003
      Albuquerque, NM
        An associates-level nurse and a bachelors-level nurse and a masters-level nurse and a doctorate-level nurse are different in their pay, responsibilities, respect, possibilities, etc.

        But physician assistants are judged by the PA profession by their competence, not by their degree title. Within the PA profession there is little difference between the different types of PA degrees/certificates. The important part is the national certification and the ability to effectively practice medicine under a physician's supervision.
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