Physician Assistant Earns Specialty Certification
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(MINOT, ND) - Donna Verhasselt, PA-C, a certified physician assistant with Trinity Orthopedic Associates, is among the first PAs in the U.S. to earn a specialty credential under a new program of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
She received the Certificate of Added Qualification in the specialty of Orthopedics. The certificate was predicated on licensure, education and experience requirements and successful completion of a national exam.
"This is a voluntary program," Verhasselt said, "but it pleases me to be among the first to achieve this added qualification so I can serve as a more effective provider for our patients."
Verhasselt has nine years experience as a physician assistant, five years with Trinity Health. She has a master's degree in Health Sciences from the University of South Alabama's Department of Physician Assistant Studies.
Certified physician assistants practice medicine with physician supervision and are qualified to conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative healthcare, assist in surgery, perform a variety of procedures, and write prescriptions.
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