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Becoming a Physician Assistant in Pennsylvania

After passing the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE), the following steps must be taken in order to become a physician assistant in Pennsylvania:

    1. Applicants must download the PA application forms at the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine’s website, given below.

Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Tel: (717) 783-1400
Fax: (717) 787-7769
http://www.dos.state.pa.us/bpoa/cwp/view.asp?a=1104&q=432799

  1. Those interested in knowing how to become a physician assistant in Pennsylvania should note that graduates are expected to at least have a bachelor’s degree.  If a student received a PA graduate degree at the same school that granted his/her bachelor’s degree, then a transcript will not be required.  Otherwise, an official transcript from the University granting the bachelor’s degree is required.  The applicant must also send a Verification of Education form to his/her Physician Assistant studies program, which must then return the filled form to the Board.
  2. The NCCPA must send the applicant’s PANCE scores directly to the Board.
  3. If the applicant currently holds any certifications or licenses in another state, that state’s board must send a letter of good standing to the Pennsylvania State Board.
  4. The applicant should also submit a resume of all work history and education to the Board.
  5. The Board also requires a Self Query form from the National Practitioner Data Bank/Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank.

The physician assistant application fee is $30.  Applicants can request a temporary license while they wait to take the PANCE or for their applications to be processed so as to be eligible for physician assistant jobs in Pennsylvania.  The fee for the temporary license is also $30, and is good for 12 months.  If the applicant fails to pass the PANCE, the temporary license will become void immediately.  Temporary license holders are not allowed to prescribe drugs.

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