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Becoming a Physician Assistant in New York

By Courtney Ziegler, allied health world contributing writer

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Are you interested in serving the public? Do you want to know how to become a Physician Assistant in New York?  Before you are accepted into this career field and eligible for Physicain Assistant jobs in New York, you will need to acquire a medical license from the New York State Education Department.  Here are the steps you will need to take.

1.  Meet the minimum educational requirements determined by the Division of Professional Licensing Services in New York. 
           
First, locate a training program established for Physician  Assistants.  These specialized programs are offered at a wide variety of colleges, universities, and allied schools.  Sometimes they are offered at community colleges, but not quite as often.  When selecting a program for enrollment, you may want to check with the New York State Education Department to make sure that it is an accredited program or an acceptable substitution, as some training programs simply do not fulfill the educational obligations to meet state licensure requirements as a Physician Assistant.  The training program itself should include 32 classroom hours and 40 weeks of supervised clinical training as a Physician  Assistant.  Please note, although a four year degree is not specifically required by New York, many Physician  Assistant training programs require 2 years of college before acceptance to the program is granted.

2.  Take a professional examination.

After graduating from the training program, you will need to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination, or PANCE.  This examination is required to become a Physician Assistant in New York or anywhere in the country. It is administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, or NCCPA. 

3.  Meet the other criteria determined by New York state.

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Prove yourself to be of good moral character.

4.  Fill out and submit an application for New York state licensure.

When you submit the application you must verify all of the requirements mentioned above.  Make sure you have copies of your transcript and test scores.  When you submit the application, you will also be required to pay a fee of $115 to cover application costs and registration of the license.  You may now pursuue available Physician Assistant jobs in New York

If you need more information on becoming a licensed New York Physician  Assistant, please contact The New York State Education Department at:

NY State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Medicine Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000

518-474-3817, ext. 260 (voice)
518-402-2323 (fax)
opunit2@mail.nysed.gov

If you need more information about the examination process and testing dates, please contact:

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
12000 Findley Road
Suite 200
Duluth, GA 30097-1409.



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