STATE REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for Physician Assistant Licenses

At Medical Licensure Group, we handle medical licensure nationwide for physicians, physician assistants, advanced nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers. We know how stressful and burdensome the licensure process can be for busy physician assistants. Rather than spend your valuable time away from your practice applying for or maintaining your physician assistant license, keep your role in the process minimal by engaging a dedicated expert at MLG.

Understanding Physician Assistant Certification and Licensure

Maintaining your national certification as a physician assistant (PA-C) is an important part of delivering the best and highest level of care to your patients. The 10-year certification process involves five two-year cycles during which a PA-C must log 100 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits and submit a certification maintenance fee. To complete the 10-year certification process, a recertification exam (the PANRE) must be taken and passed.

Maintaining your licensure as a physician assistant can often be an arduous process. With requirements and deadlines varying by state, it is essential to have an in-depth understanding of the documentation you will need to become or remain licensed to legally practice in any particular state. For physician assistants who maintain numerous state licenses or practice telemedicine, this can become quite laborious to manage alone.

Physician Assistant License Basic Requirements

For more information on state-specific licensure requirements, choose a state from the drop-down menu below:

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Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Alabama
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Alaska
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Arizona
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Arkansas
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and a baccalaureate degree
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
California
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Colorado
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and a baccalaureate degree
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Connecticut
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and a baccalaureate degree
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Delaware
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and a baccalaureate degree
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
District of Columbia
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Florida
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Osteopathic  
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Georgia
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Hawaii
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Idaho
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and a baccalaureate degree
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Illinois
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Indiana
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Iowa
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Kansas
Accredited PA Degree: Yes or certain military training
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Kentucky
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Louisiana
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Maine
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Osteopathic  
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Maryland
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and baccalaureate degree or at least 120 credit hours of education at the college or university level
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Massachusetts
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and baccalaureate degree
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Michigan
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Osteopathic  
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Minnesota
Accredited PA Degree: No
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Mississippi
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and master's degree
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Missouri
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and master's degree if graduated after 1/1/08
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Montana
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Nebraska
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Nevada
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Osteopathic  
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
New Hampshire
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
New Jersey
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
New Mexico
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Osteopathic  
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
New York
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and baccalaureate degree
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
North Carolina
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
North Dakota
Accredited PA Degree: No
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Ohio
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and master's degree
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Oklahoma
Accredited PA Degree: Yes (PA programs must meet specific requirements)
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Oregon
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Pennsylvania
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and baccalaureate degree
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Osteopathic  
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and baccalaureate degree
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Rhode Island
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
South Carolina
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
South Dakota
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Tennessee
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Texas
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Utah
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Vermont
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Virginia
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Washington
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
Osteopathic  
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: No
West Virginia
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and a baccalaureate or master’s degree from said PA program or graduated from an approved program of instruction in primary health care or surgery prior to July 1, 1994; or was certified by the board as a “Type B” PA prior to July 1,1983.
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Osteopathic
Accredited PA Degree: Yes and a baccalaureate or master’s degree from said PA program or graduated from an approved program of instruction in primary health care or surgery prior to July 1, 1994.
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Wisconsin
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes
Wyoming
Accredited PA Degree: Yes
Passage of PANCE: Yes
Current NCCPA Certification: Yes

Our Process for Physician Assistant State Licensing

Our proven process for handling your physician assistant state licensing project includes:

  • Professional application preparation culminating in a polished application for your review and approval (no more trying to decipher state board instructions or interpret confusing jargon). We can assist in pulling together your supervising physician agreement if required by your state.
  • Handling additional applications such as State Controlled Substance Registrations (CSR) or DEA registrations (subject to additional fees).
  • Keeping you up to date on the status of each phase of your application is one of our unique benefits. Additionally, we will put out any fires that come up along the way so that you can focus on your practice.

Our prices will always be fair and transparent, and you can rest assured that our experienced licensing specialists always adhere to the highest standards of client care. You will receive personalized, one-on-one attention from your designated licensing professional who will manage your application every step of the way.

How to Get Started Obtaining or Renewing Your State License

Whether you are obtaining a new state physician assistant license or are renewing an existing one, our goal at MLG is to keep your involvement in the process to a minimum. To begin, you will complete an easy online sign-up form that will give your dedicated licensing specialist the information he or she needs to ensure eligibility and get to work on compiling your application paperwork. Next, your professionally prepared application will be shipped for your review. Lastly, you will utilize an easy-to-follow instruction sheet included in your packet to finalize the paperwork, then ship it back to us for one last review before we submit it for processing.

It really is that simple! We take the frustration, confusion and wasted time out of the state licensure process for you. Your dedicated licensing specialist will be available to you throughout the entire process, and your information will remain stored in our secure database for life. Anytime you want to apply for licensure in another state, a quick phone call to our office will get the process started.

Stop wading through the tiresome state licensure process and start saving time by signing up today. Our experienced licensing specialists are eager to begin compiling your application.