EMPA Education Data

In the comprehensive 2009 Report on Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants survey that was commissioned by the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and conducted by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), general information on EMPA education was collected and analyzed. Results are broken down by SEMPA members, non-members and total respondents.

Initial Degree from PA Program  

The following tables provide data results on the initial degree earned from PA program.

Education 

SEMPA 

Non SEMPA 

All Respondents 

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Associate 

16

4.71%

60

7.47%

76

6.65%

Certificate 

64

18.82%

170

21.17%

234

20.47%

Bachelor 

152

44.71%

386

48.07%

538

47.07%

Master 

107

31.76%

186

23.16%

293

25.72%

 

Methods to Obtain Postgraduate Degree  

The following tables provide EMPA data results on methods to obtain postgraduate degree.

Methods 

SEMPA 

Non SEMPA 

All Respondents 

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Traditional 

73

46.50%

202

57.06%

275

53.82%

Distance 

72

45.86%

138

38.98%

210

41.10%

Other 

12

7.64%

14

3.95%

26

5.10%

Total 

157

100%

354

100%

511

100%

 

Experience in the Emergency Department Prior to PA Education 

The following tables provide data results for the experience in the emergency department prior to PA education. It should be noted that respondents were given the ability to select multiple responses on the types of experiences they had prior to entering PA programs, so the numbers reported exceed the actual number of respondents. 

 

Experience 

SEMPA 

Non SEMPA 

All Respondents 

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Paramedic 

185

48.56%

263

30.69%

448

36.19%

RN 

20

5.25%

63

7.35%

83

6.70%

Other 

91

23.88%

240

28.00%

331

26.74%

None 

85

22.31%

291

33.96%

376

30.37%

Total  

381

100.00%

857

100.00%

1238

100.00%

How PAs Received Emergency Medicine Training 

The table below provides data results on how EMPAs received emergency medicine training.    

Training Methods 

SEMPA 

Non SEMPA 

All Respondents 

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Formal Residency 

54

14.48%

80

9.07%

134

10.68%

On-Job-Training 

290

77.75%

710

80.50%

1000

79.68%

Other 

29

7.77%

92

10.43%

121

9.64%

Total 

373

100.00%

882

100.00%

1255

100.00%