Physician assistants to become regulated healthcare professionals
January 20, 2021
They will be regulated by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta.
On April 1, 2021, physician assistants (PAs) will become regulated healthcare professionals regulated by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA). CPSA estimates there are 38 practising PAs in Alberta.
PAs practise medicine under a doctor's supervision in clinical settings; their services depend on the individual PA-physician relationship. A PA’s scope of practice can include the following:
- see and assess patients,
- take patient histories,
- perform physical exams,
- educate patients,
- perform procedures,
- assist in surgery,
- and more.
PAs provide these types of services under physician supervision.
Pharmacists must not accept prescriptions written by physician assistants. For a prescription to be valid, it must be signed by a physician.
Physician assistants started practising in Alberta in 2013. Since then, CPSA has maintained a list of those with recognized PA credentials. PAs will be expected to follow all CPSA Standards of Practice and comply with CPSA continuing competence requirements.