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Becoming a Physician Assistant in Louisiana - LA

There are a number of eligibility requirements that must be met in order to become a Physician Assistant in Louisiana:

To start with, an applicant must be 20 years old or older and be a moral person.

Those interested in knowing how to become a physician assistant in Louisiana should also be aware that they will be called upon to prove that they are competent to serve patients while being directed by a supervising doctor. There are two ways to demonstrate this:

  1. Present a diploma from a training program accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation as well as proof of passing the national exam given by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, or
  2. Provide a current PA license from another state within the United States whose requirements are substantially similar to those in Louisiana and certification that the application is able both mentally and physically to practice and not subject to practice limitations, including discipline, revocation, suspension, or probation because of the way he or she practiced the profession of physician assistant in that state.

Accompanying the application must be the following items:

  1. Either original diploma from training program or an eight-and-a-half by eleven inch copy certified by the school.
  2. Documentation of passing scores on the national exam and certification by NCCPA. Please request that scores be sent directly to: LSBME, Office of Licensure, P.O. Box 30250, New Orleans, LA 70130.
  3. A form with the name “Certificate of Dean/Registrar” completed by head of applicant’s training program.
  4. Photograph taken recently.
  5. Forms and materials indicating completion of check on criminal background
  6. A recommendation about the applicant’s character from a physician who lives in the city or town where the candidate has resided for the six months before applying to be a physician assistant; the person must attest to having known the applicant for six months or more and that the applicant is a person of good character.
  7. Either a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate that is signed by a notary or a notarized copy of a passport (if the second is selection, an explanation must be added as to why the applicant was not been able to get a hold of a birth certificate).

Candidates must also submit fees of $45.25 for fingerprinting, $2.55 for the board to return documents to the applicant by courier, and $250 for a physician assistant license to:

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 54403, New Orleans, LA 70154-4403
630 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 568-6820 or (800) 296-7549
(504) 568-8893 (fax)
221 (504) 599-0503
licensing@lsbme.la.gov
(for licensure)

This thorough application process will take about three months from the time the application first arrives at the board’s office.

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