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Becoming a Physician Assistant in Ohio

How To become a Physician Assistant in Ohio

    • Attain a bachelor’s degree, with a minimum 2.8 GPA. It is advantageous to also acquire healthcare experience.  This is mandatory to become a Physician Assistant in Ohio.
    • Enroll in a postgraduate program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  An accredited education is imperative to those interested in Physician Assistant jobs in Ohio.

  • After graduation, apply to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) given by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Submit an application and payment in advance of the test.
  • There are over 200 testing sites in the U.S. Visit www.pearsonvue.com for directions to the site convenient for you.
  • The examination contains 360 multiple-choice questions and covers basic medical and surgical knowledge. More information and sample questions can be found on the NCCPA Web site at WWW.nccpa.net/examscontentblueprint.aspx.
  • To become a Physician Assistant in Ohio, one must be licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio, 30 E. Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-6127; (614) 466-3934. For further information, visit med.ohio.gov.
    • Fill out the Application for Certificate to Practice
    • Submit verification of your Physician Assistant education and an original transcript for your master’s degree.
    • Have the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) send verification of your certification directly to the State Medical Board of Ohio.
    • Complete the Resume form.
    • Have your most recent employer submit a letter of employment verification.
    • Attach the Affidavit and Release of Applicant, signed and notarized.
    • Attach a recent passport size color photo
    • Enclose check or money order for $200.00
      • Physician Assistants are required to keep their certification current by completing 100 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits every two years.
      • Similar to regular physicians, Physician Assistants must take a re-certification examination every six years.

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