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Army Medical Specialist Corps

In the absence of a physician, the Physician Assistant will be the primary source of advice to determine the medical necessity, priority, and requirements for patient evacuation, and initial emergency care and stabilization.  Prescribes courses of treatment and medication when required, and consistent with their capabilities and credentials.

The Specialist Corps consists of commissioned officers who are qualified physician assistants.   The Specialist Corps plans, organizes, performs, and supervises troop medical care at Levels I and II.  Directs services, teaches and trains enlisted medics, and performs as medical platoon leader or officer in charge in designated units.  A physician assistant must possess a Baccalaureate degree from a college or university acceptable to the Department of the Army, be certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and have a valid, current, unrestricted license.

The Army Medical Specialist Corps specialty, followed by the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code is Physician Assistant, 65D.

Qualifies for the Recruitment Bonus, Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP), and Continuing Medical Education (CME).