Yes! Locum tenens is not only for doctors. Healthcare facilities also need physician assistants and other advanced practice providers to fill locum tenens assignments. If you’d like to discover a different part of the country, try out a new work environment, or even just pick up some additional part-time hours where you live, locum tenens might be for you!
Locum tenens translates from Latin for “to hold a place.” Locum tenens physician assistants fill in for other advanced practice providers who are on leave or vacation. Healthcare facilities also use locum tenens roles to staff startups of new service lines and to fulfill long-term staffing needs. Demand for advanced practitioners continues to grow, and with the advantages and perks of working locum tenens, increasing numbers of physician assistants are embarking on this exciting adventure.
When you take on a locum tenens assignment, you can:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for a physician assistant was $104,860 with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $66,590 and the highest 10 percent earning more than $146,260. The locum tenens physician assistant hourly rate reflects this range and is around $55-75 per hour depending on specialization, geographic area, urgency, qualifications, and experience. For physician assistants who specialize in psychiatric, hospitalist, emergency or surgical services, reimbursement averages even higher – at $70-90 per hour.
To expand your skillset and increase your earning potential, consider pursuing a PA specialization. There are 25 organizations for PA specialties according to the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Physician assistant specialties include dermatology, critical care, pathology, general surgery, pediatrics, and radiology, among others.View Locum Tenens Physician Assistant Jobs »
In addition to the vast array of specializations, locum tenens physician assistants jobs exist in diverse settings including:
The BLS predicts demand for physician assistants will increase by 37 percent from 2016-2026. This is significantly higher than demand across the rest of professions (expected to grow by 7 percent) and even across healthcare professions (exected to grow by 15 percent). A few of the factors which lead to this growth are:
To find the best locum tenens company for you, look for one that offers a variety of positions at diverse locations, competitive compensation, paid housing and travel, and medical liability insurance. The company should have a team of enthusiastic, knowledgeable, connected recruiters who will help you find the ideal position and location to fit your needs. Partner with a company that has rave reviews from providers, a long-standing presence within the industry, and multiple healthcare staffing awards.
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If you would like to begin your adventure as a locum tenens physician assistant, it’s easy to get started with Medical Doctor Associates.
Call 1.800.780.3500 and ask to speak with a recruiter who represents advanced practice providers. Your recruiter will guide you through every step of the locum tenens process and ensure that you find the opportunity you want while receiving the superior service you deserve.