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Becoming a Physician Assistant in Iowa

Physician Assistant Certification and License in Iowa

Students interested in knowing how to become a physician assistant in Iowa should know that The Iowa Board of Physician Assistants is responsible for issuing licensure and has several requirements to receive and maintain licensure.  First, applicants must have graduated from an accredited physician assistant program.  Official transcripts from the institution must be submitted with the application in order to become a physician assistant in Iowa.  Certification from the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the next requirement. 

To show proof of certification a letter from the NCCPA must be submitted with the application.  Also as part of the application, a fee of $120 and a completed supervising physician form (all physicians that will be overseeing the practice of the applicant) will need to be submitted.

Certification by the NCCPA will be granted to those who have passed the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE).  To sit for the exam and become a physician assistant in Iowa, the NCCPA just like the Iowa State Board, requires candidates to graduate from an accredited program.  You are able to apply for the exam prior to graduating but you need to be within 90 days of graduating from the program.

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