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What is the difference between AAs and PA's?

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What are the differences between AA's and PA's?

From the ASA website:
 
Although AAs and physician assistant (PAs) are both allied health professionals, they do not perform the same functions. Each has its own separate educational curriculum, standards for accreditation, and its own agency for certification. PAs receive a generalist education and may practice in many different fields under the supervision of a physician in that field. The scope of practice of a PA is much broader than that of an Anesthesiologist Assistant, and in some states the PA works under less supervision than the AA. An AA may not practice outside of the field of anesthesia or without the supervision of an anesthesiologist. An AA may not practice as a physician’s assistant unless the AA has also completed a PA training program and passed the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) exam. Likewise a PA may not identify him- or herself as an AA unless he or she has completed an accredited AA program and passed the National Commission for the Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA) exam. The exact scope of practice authority for AAs and PAs in any individual state can only be ascertained by referring to the laws or board of medicine guidelines of the state in question.


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Can I continue my education after completing an AA program and become an anesthesiologist?


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I guess they (PA's) "settle" for a salary of three to five times the average American salary and "slave" through 30 - 50 hours per week.  This is very different from a doctor.  AA's have a lot of responsibility, but we also have a lot of room to be able to raise a family and be able to enjoy life also.  If you want to be a doctor, then you can do that.

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How much do anesthesiologist asistants make on average in Florida or Georgia?

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You can look at the job postings on AnesthesiologistAssistant.com and see exactly how much AA's are making!
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