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VA Physician Assistant Services (PAS) Office


Physician Assistant Services (PAS) Office oversees the physician assistant program and policy development in the Department of Veterans Affairs VA. PA Services ensures that the utilization of physician assistants (PAs) in VA is optimized to provide quality and accessible care to Veterans. 

As the single largest employer of physician assistants(pdf) in the nation, VA can offer you a wide range of challenging opportunities across the continuum of care. Physician Assistants practice in all areas of Veteran care and are one of three VHA professions that can diagnose, treat and prescribe.

Physician Assistant Resources

/PA/images/icon_scholorship.png  Veteran Scholarships for Physician Assistants

/PA/images/icon-scholorship.png  Post-Graduate Residencies

/PA/images/icon-education.png  Continuing Medical Education (CME/CE)

/PA/images/icon-directives.png  Policy, Directives, Handbooks, Presentations 

/PA/images/JAAPA.png  JAAPA: thru VA Service Library Network*


Ask a PA Services SME

Do you have a question about PA practice in the VA? Please submit your question here "Ask a PAS SME"  

Our Subject Matter Experts do their best to respond to these questions as soon as possible so please be patient while our SMEs research and prepare the best possible answer.

Additionally, you are highly encouraged to seek guidance, answers, and recommendations from your Facility Chief PA – they are a wealth of resources and information.

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PAs provide medical care to Veterans across the spectrum of medicine and surgery. The occupation’s flexibility in transitioning to different medical specialties is of significant strategic value when addressing shortages or changes in health care provider workforce needs.

Our mission is to ensure accessible and high-quality healthcare for veterans by strategically utilizing physician assistants. We foster collaboration, drive innovation, and offer opportunities for professional growth. Through our programs, scholarships, and post-graduate residencies, we attract and retain top talent, empower veterans in healthcare careers, and continuously improve to meet evolving needs. Guided by the VA's principles, we deliver exceptional healthcare by considering the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and environmental elements for veterans and their families, honoring their service and commitment.

To be the premier provider of whole-health focused, comprehensive healthcare services for veterans, with a team of skilled and caring physician assistants dedicated to enhancing the well-being and quality of life of those we serve.


• Hire faster and more competitively
• Connect Veterans to the soonest and best care
• Serve Veterans with military environmental exposures
• Accelerate VA’s journey to a High Reliability Organization
• Support Veterans’ whole health, their caregivers, and survivors
• Prevent Veteran suicide

• Retain, invest in, and support our people
• Scale best practices and drive innovation
• Improve our technology systems and workflows
• Drive equity for women, minority and LGBTQ+ Veterans
• Modernize our facilities into the future
• Partner with VSOs, tribes, states, advocates, and agencies

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