Physician Assistants – Primary Health Care


Nova Scotia Health

Nova Scotia Health is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia, with some specialized services also offered to clients throughout Atlantic Canada. We’re on a mission to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together, which is reflected in the hospitals, health centres and community-based programs we operate across the province. Our passionate team of professionals provides a variety of high-quality inpatient and outpatient services including academic, tertiary, and quaternary care, as well as continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions. Join a diverse team of innovators, collaborators and creative thinkers today.Nova Scotia Health employs professionals in all corners of our beautiful province. We believe there's a place here for everyone to call home, from vibrant cities with exuberant nightlife to quaint towns with picturesque trails. The work-life balance that comes with an Nova Scotia Health role means you'll have the time to explore, discover, and participate in that coveted Atlantic lifestyle. Visit us today and check out to see why more people from across the globe are moving here.Locations Available:Northern Zone* Signing Bonus Available *- Pugwash - North Cumberland Collaborative Practice - Pugwash Health Care- New Glasgow - Dr. Emmanuel Rivera - Healthy Pictou CountyWestern Zone * Signing Bonus Available *- Annapolis Royal - Annapolis Family Practice Associates - Town of Annapolis Royal- New Minas - Harvest Tides Family Practice - Village of New Minas- Lunenburg - Lunenburg Family Health - Town of Lunenburg- Yarmouth - Harbour South Medical Clinic - Town of - YarmouthEastern Zone * Signing Bonus Available *- Antigonish - Antigonish Medical Associates - Town of Antigonish- North Sydney - Northside Family Collaborative Practice - Town of North Sydney- New Waterford - New Waterford Collaborative Practice - Town of New Waterford- Sydney - Sydney Primary Care Medical Clinic - City of SydneyCentral Zone - Dartmouth - Pleasant Street Medical - City of Dartmouth- Dartmouth - Tacoma Family Medical - Halifax - Hydrostone Medical Centre - City of Halifax- Halifax - Richmond Medical Family Practice- Halifax - Novas Medical- Halifax - Coral Shared Care Health Centre


Various Sites and Community-based Locations Throughout Nova Scotia


Nova Scotia Health and the Department of Family Practice is seeking a certified Physician Assistant (PA) to join the Primary Health Care Portfolio. Family Practices are involved in the provision of clinical care to patients and their families, engage in quality and safety processes, and participate in trainee education and academic activities. Guided by a series of medical directives, the successful applicant will provide clinical services under the supervision of an assigned Family Physician. This position will offer the PA an opportunity to work to their full scope of practice.

As a member of the team, the Physician Assistant will report to the Primary Supervising Family Physician and functions within a dynamic collaborative care team. Reporting to the local manager and under the supervision of a family physician, the PA will provide comprehensive, continuous and coordinated primary care to patients across the lifespan. For additional information on Nova Scotia Health, the Primary Care Program and what we have to offer, check out this Opportunity Brief!

Physician Assistant Responsibilities
- Obtain health history as appropriate, including patient demographics
- Conduct comprehensive and focused physical assessments and interpret findings
- Utilize primary and secondary assessment results to formulate a differential diagnosis and determine if further clinical investigation is required
- Order preliminary diagnostic testing and follow-up; with interpretation of results
- Formulate a treatment and management plan based on assessment and investigation results, availability of services and special needs of patient
- Implement effective treatment plans that include preventive and therapeutic interventions, demonstrating appropriate procedural skills, as determined by the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants Scope of Practice and National Competency Profile, and the supervising physician
- Collaborate with and seek appropriate consultation from the supervising physician and other health professionals involved in the patient’s care


We would love to hear from you if you have the following:
- Graduate of or currently enrolled in an accredited recognized Physician Assistant program in Canada or the United States
- Canadian Certified Physician Assistant (CCPA), granted by the Physician Assistants Certification Council of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants
- Membership with the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants
- BLSC Certification required
- Medical Liability Insurance required
- Must have recent clinical experience and preferably been exposed to Family Medicine in the workplace or as part of clinical training
- Experience in the area/program is preferred
- The following certifications or willingness to obtain
- Demonstrated effective communication, interpersonal, - organizational, patient assessment and telecommunications skills
- Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
Please ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training, and certifications.

Start Date



Permanent, full-time positions; 75 hours biweekly


$43.9075 - $58.3398 hourly ($85,619 - $113,762 annually)


Signing bonuses starting at $5000 (Northern, Western and Eastern Zones) with potential for up to $10,000 for rural placements plus up to $5000 for relocation expenses (Return of Service Agreements required).

Competitive compensation
- Signing bonuses (Northern, Western and Eastern Zones)
- Up to $5000 in relocation expenses
- Immigration support
- Extensive health and dental benefits
- Enrollment in the Provincial Pension Plan
- Variety of available shifts
- Continuous clinical education and support
- Opportunity for advancement within the organization



Risa Takada

Display Name

Risa Takada


Talent Acquisition Specialist




Job Posting Link

Nova Scotia Healthwebsite

Display Date


Expiry Date