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Becoming a Physician Assistant in Illinois

Physician Assistant Certification and License in Illinois

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is a national organization recognized by the state of Illinois.  Physician assistants are represented in all aspects of medicine.  Those interested in knowing how to become a physician assistant in Illinois should note that AAPA certification requires graduation from an accredited physician assistant program. Upon graduation, individuals may take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) exam. The PANCE exam has 360 multiple-choice questions, which assess knowledge of basic medicine.  A completed application and fee of $475 must be submitted to take the exam. The AAPA certification is valid for twenty-four months.

Illinois has its own state agency for physician assistants in addition to the AAPA.  The Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants offers information such as job listings, current legislation, and continuing education information.  An online application can be found at http://www.illinoispa.org/.  Application fees vary from $10 to $150, depending on the type of membership acquired.

Licensing applications for physician assistants can be located on the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation at http://www.idfpr.com.  Applications have a $50 fee and are valid for three years.  State of Illinois licenses for physician assistants expire on March 1st of even numbered years.

Applications for endorsements to licenses have a fee of $50 and are applied for when a physician assistant was licensed in another state, with similar licensing requirements to the state of Illinois. 

http://www.nccpa.net/CertificationProcess.aspx

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