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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. 

Physician Assistant Services provides periodic review of VA qualification standards and clinical practice policy development for physician assistants. The program office also assists in workforce planning, recruitment and retention efforts, and assessment of the education needs for the physician assistant occupation.

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 

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.


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• Improve our technology systems and workflows
• Drive equity for women, minority and LGBTQ+ Veterans
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