Have you ever scheduled a visit with a physician assistant when you were sick or injured? If you’ve never used one before, you could be missing out. These nationally certified and state-licensed medical professionals can handle many of the same tasks your regular doctor would perform, including: diagnosing your illness, ordering tests, and prescribing medications. In many cases, it’s also easier to get an appointment with one, and it’s typically cheaper, too. For students, the choice to become a physician assistant means less time in school (approximately 26 months), but it can still be a costly degree path. Most programs require several years of training and experience, as well as clinical rotations (2,000 hours or more). Thankfully, there are several financial aid resources for those who are considering this career choice.