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49 Pa. Code § 25.161. Criteria for licensure as a physician assistant.


§ 25.161. Criteria for licensure as a physician assistant.

 (a)  The Board has approved as a proficiency examination the National certification examination on primary care developed by the NCCPA. The Board will maintain a current register of approved proficiency examinations. This register will list the full name of the examination, the organization giving the examination, the mailing address of the examination organization and the date the proficiency examination received Board approval. This register shall be available for public inspection.

 (b)  The clinical experience required by the Board is at present identical to the clinical experience required by the NCCPA for taking the NCCPA examination on primary care. To qualify for an NCCPA proficiency examination, the applicant’s employment history must be verified by the NCCPA in cooperation with the Board and must be evaluated by the NCCPA in relation to specific work criteria.

 (c)  The Board will approve for licensure as a physician assistant an applicant who:

   (1)  Is of good moral character and reputation.

   (2)  Has graduated from a physician assistant training program certified by the Board.

   (3)  Has submitted a completed application detailing his education and work experience, together with the required fee.

   (4)  Has passed a proficiency examination approved by the Board.

   (5)  Has completed at least 3 hours of mandatory training in child abuse recognition and reporting in accordance with §  25.417(a) (relating to child abuse recognition and reporting—mandatory training requirement).

 (d)  The physician assistant may amend information regarding his education and work experience submitted under the requirements of subsection (c)(3), by submitting to the Board in writing additional detailed information. No additional fee will be required. The file for each physician assistant will be reviewed by the Board to determine whether the physician assistant possesses the necessary skills to perform the tasks that a physician, applying for registration to supervise and utilize the physician assistant, intends to delegate to him as set forth in the protocol contained in the physician’s application for registration.

 (e)  A person who has been licensed as a physician assistant by the State Board of Medicine shall make a separate application to the Board if he intends to provide physician assistant services for a physician licensed to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery without restriction.

 (f)  An application for licensure as a physician assistant by the Board may be obtained by writing to the Harrisburg office of the Board.


   The provisions of this §  25.161 issued under section 506 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. §  186); and sections 10(h) and 16 of the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act (63 P.S. § §  271.10(h) and 271.16); amended under sections 10(f) and (h), 10.1(c), 10.2(f) and 16 of the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act (63 P.S. § §  271.10(f) and (h), 271.10a(c), 271.10b(f) and 271.16); and 23 Pa.C.S. 6383(b)(2).


   The provisions of this §  25.161 adopted April 23, 1982, effective April 24, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 1332; amended January 31, 2014, effective February 1, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 589; amended December 29, 2023, effective December 30, 2023, 53 Pa.B. 8218. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (370233) to (370234).

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