Physician Assistant - Primary Health Care

Req ID: 165956
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Various Sites and Community-based Locations Throughout Nova Scotia

Department: Primary Health Care
Type of Employment: Permanent Full-Time Opportunities Available
Status: Non-Union Position

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.


About the Opportunity
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

Locations Available

Check out all of our locations across Nova Scotia!

Northern Zone (Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou County) * Signing Bonus Available *

Western Zone (Annapolis Valley, South West and South Shore) * Signing Bonus Available *

Eastern Zone (Cape Breton, Antigonish and Guysborough* Signing Bonus Available *

Central Zone (Halifax Regional Municipality, Eastern Shore and West Hants)

What We Offer

  • 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


  • $44.1270 - 58.6315 hourly ($86,047 - $114,331 annually)

About You

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
  • Eligible for license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons Nova Scotia
  • 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.


  • Permanent, full-time positions; 75 hours biweekly


Once You've Applied
Thank you for your interest in this position. A Recruiter will reach out to you to explore whether your qualifications and skills match an opportunity. 

Preferred candidates must be able to demonstrate proof of primary series of COVID -19 vaccine at time of hire.  

Nova Scotia Health is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. We encourage all qualified applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Persons of Colour, Foreign Nationals/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.

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