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PA Resources

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Secondary Pre-appraised Research

Regularly updated guidelines that integrate evidence-based information about specific clinical problems.

Resource types: Practice guidelines, clinical reviews, and position statements


Secondary Pre-appraised Research

Summarized evidence from high-quality studies surrounding a specific research question.

Study types: Meta-analyses, systematic reviews, and RCTs, some with quality ratings based on study methodology.


Primary Original Research

Original research conducted to answer specific questions.

Study types: Case series, case reports, case control, cohort, RCTs, qualitative studies, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and more.

Find background information - Best bets

Other NAU resources

Search for additional condition-specific information in the Books and eBooks tabs above. 

Other online resources


  • Access on or off campus!
  • Best used to cite background information on PA topics.
  • Hover over a title to read its contents.
  • The ebooks listed below are just a sample of NAU Libraries' ebook collection. Search below for additional titles.
  • Read additional PA ebooks through U of A Libraries (on-campus access only).

eBook databases for physician assistants

Physical books

  • Best used to cite background information on PA topics.  
  • Hover over a title to read its contents.
  • Check books out for 4 weeks with your PBC badge at the front desk.
  • The PA books below are just a sample of all of the PA books shelved in PBC Library.


Find peer-reviewed journal articles in the NAU health science databases:

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Image collections

​Anatomical Models

PBC Library hosts an extensive collection of advanced, anatomical models available for student and faculty use. If you'd like to checkout one of the models, please keep in mind:

  • Models are only available during staffed hours for in-library use only
  • Please inform front-desk staff if you'd like to remove a model from the shelf
    • Staff can also help you access the models stored off-shelf
  • All models must be checked out at the front desk before use
  • The complete PBC Library Anatomical Models Policy can be found here

NOTE: For a complete list of all models, please see the PBC Library Anatomical Models List.

Acland's Video Atlas Logo

NOTE: Point-of-Care tools has moved!!!

A new, updated Point of Care page is available at:

Mobile apps


Mobile apps through NAU Library

The following resources are licensed by NAU for student and faculty use:

Language translation apps

These apps are designed to assist in clinical delivery of care when working with patients who speak a language different to the provider:

Test prep for certification

Exam Master Online is a free resource available to NAU students, and residents affiliated with NAU's Physician Assistant program. 

Resources include:

  • PANCE/PANRE Certification Review Question Bank
  • USMLE Step 1,2, and 3 Question Banks
  • Medical Subjects Review Question Bank - Basic and Clinical Sciences
  • Family Medicine ABFM Review Question Bank
  • Pediatrics ABP Review Question Bank
  • Customizable exams for personal, targeted remediation
  • Detailed explanations included with each question
  • Includes Test, Review, Study, and Learning Modes
  • Personalized Score Reporting helps identify strengths and weaknesses
  • High-quality question banks provide you a realistic testing experience
  • Flash cards to enhance study and review

Click here for more information

Click here to download the Exam Master Online User Guide.

First Time Registration Instructions:

  • Access Exam Master.
  • To register for the first time - click "Not Registered Yet?"
  • Complete the registration information
  • Click 'Save'
  • You will receive a system generated activation email at your registered email address - Click on the link provided to activate your account.
  • You will be automatically logged into Exam Master OnLine.

Getting Started:

  • From the main menu - Click 'Create Exams'
  • Click 'Physician Assistant' and choose the outline that you would like to access
  • Click on the carrots provided to expand a particular topical area
  • Select at least one topic, subject or category.  You may choose one or multiple areas from which you would like to pull questions.
  • Add "Number of questions" (required field)
  • Use Question Search field (optional)
  • Add a Name for the exam (optional)
  • Click 'Create Exam'
  • Begin the exam in either Test or Study mode
  • If you would like to access the exam later - it will be available in the 'My Exams' module
  • Score reports are available in 'My Stats'

Profile information (including email address, password & time zone) can be edited at any time - click on your name in the top left hand corner.  Help files are available in system (bottom right hand corner of every screen).

If you'd like a printable infographic with these instructions, click here.