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Becoming a Physician Assistant in Connecticut

Steps to become a Physician Assistant in Connecticut

The state of Connecticut requires licensure from the Department of Public Health, Board of Medical Examiners.  There are several requirements for licensure that an applicant must have in order to receive licensure.  This is vital in order to become a Physician Assistant in Connecticut.

1) Have at least a baccalaureate degree and graduated from a physician assistant program that is accredited by the ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant). 
2) Passed the certification exam (through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, NCCPA).

  • The certification exam, the Physician Assistant National Certification       Examination (PANCE) gives certification and the credential PA-C.
  • To take this exam, applicants must:
                a) Have graduated from an accredited PA program
                b) Submit application with exam fee of $475

3) Must have completed 60 hours of instruction in pharmacology related to physician assistant practice.
4) Notarized application with associated documentation.

  • Photograph
  • $190 check or money order
  • Official transcript from undergraduate and physician assistant program institutions
  • Certification verification
  • Pharmacology instruction verification

Graduates interested in knowing how to become a Physician Assistant in Connecticut must maintain Connecticut licensure.  A Physician Assistant in Connecticut must maintain certification, and pay annual renewal fee to the Connecticut Board of Medical Examiners of $150. In order to keep certification, Physician Assistants must complete and submit 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years with a maintenance fee of $130 to the NCCPA. Every 6th year, you must take the recertification exam (Physician Assistant National Recertifying Examination, PANRE). This exam costs $350 and offers specialty focused portions of the exam so one can choose to take this exam with either adult medicine, surgery, or primary care elements which make up 40% of the exam.

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