Physician Assistant Student
In this section of the website we will be creating a new and improved comprehensive guide to better accommodate our New Jersey PA Students
Additionally, we will be creating a new-graduate guide in order to help aid our new physician assistants in following the correct process of obtaining CDS, DEA, and NJ State Licensure. We will also be creating a portion to help guide new-grads in finding their first job.
Physician Assistant Students
Congratulations on being on the path to a very rewarding career! Whether you are attending one of our in-state programs, or you have left New Jersey for your education, NJSSPA recognizes that you are the future of our profession, and we look forward to assisting you as you make the transition into our profession. Student members of NJSSPA are able to access our online employment database, which is a valuable asset as graduation approaches. Student membership also entitles you to a complimentary year of affiliate membership following graduation.
Many physician assistant programs require that their students undertake some form of service. If you are having difficulty in finding an outlet for service, the NJ Physician Assistant Foundation may be able to assist you. The Foundation routinely coordinates activites like toy drives and trips to a local food bank.
The Licensing Process
Obtaining a PA license in New Jersey can be a time consuming process. New Jersey's PA programs are well-acquainted with the procedure and will help guide students through the paperwork. If you are attending school out of state, it is important that you begin the application process well before you graduate. License application packets are available from the PA Advisory Committee (PAAC.) Links on the PAAC website can assist you in dowloading an application or requesting a paper application packet.
One of the most time consuming things aspects of the application process is the documentation you will be required to collect. The PAAC requires letters from almost anyone which has supervised you in the last 5 years, including employers, the military, and any licensing agencies that you currently hold a license from. Work on getting these letters early!
NJ PA Foundation Scholarships
The NJ Physician Assistant Foundation is occasionally able to offer scholarships for student members of NJSSPA. Information regarding these scholarships (usually available in the fall) will be posted on the Foundation website and forwarded to your program student representative. For more information, CLICK HERE.
National Health Service Corps
Do you have an interest in primary care? Are you interested in serving the underserved? The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has scholarship and loan repayment programs available that might be able to help you make your dream come true. For more information, visit the NHSC website.