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    Posted: 05 Sep 2009 at 12:58am
Distinguishing Between Anesthesiologist Assistants and Physician Assistants

Most Anesthesiologist Assistants are not educated, trained, or certified as Physician Assistants  (PAs).  The Emory Anesthesiologist Assistant program, however, has an admissions track for primary care PA-Cs with master’s degrees that will allow them to complete the Emory Anesthesia Assistant program on an expedited schedule.

Physician Assistants have a generalist education and often move among specialties; Anesthesiologist Assistants don’t have a generalist education and are only trained to deliver anesthesia care as part of the "anesthesia care team" under anesthesiologist direction.  Physician Assistants attend one of over 130 accredited PA educational programs. Anesthesiologist Assistants attend one of seven Anesthesiologist Assistant programs. (New Anesthesiologist Assistant programs will be opening in all states in the U.S.A.)

Physician Assistants and Anesthesiologist Assistants sit for different national certification examinations.

Physician Assistant exam:
This exam was developed by the National Commission on Certification of
Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Anesthesiologist Assistant exam: This exam was developed by the
National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants(NCCAA).

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