Becoming a Physician Assistant in Delaware
Those who want to know how to become a Physician Assistant in Delaware should prepare to earn a license issued by the Delaware Board of Medical Practice. A notarized application should be submitted to the board, along with a processing fee and the following documents:
- Verification of licenses held on other states
- Criminal history record check authorization form
- Self query report from the National Practitioner and Healthcare Integrity and Protection Banks
- Copy of Physician Assistant degree/diploma
- Verification of Physician Assistant education (which must be approved the American Medical Association and accredited by the ARC-PA)
- Copy of National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certificate
- Verification of certification from the NCCPA.
The exam by the NCCPA, the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), also requires a degree from a Physician Assistant program (accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant). Recertification requires 100 hours of continuing medical education and fee of $130 every two years. After three recertification periods (end of 6th year of certification) a recertifying exam must be completed and will continue to be required every 6 years after that.
If you are working in a setting in which you will be prescribing medication you must apply for Prescriptive Authority and Controlled Substance registration. You need a controlled substance registration for each setting you are working, in which you prescribe. If you have registered for a Delaware Controlled Substance registration, you must file for federal registration with the DEA, and you will receive a prescribing identification. These can be applied for with your initial Delaware Physician Assistant Licensing form (just add $65 for each controlled substance registrations) or can be applied for separately with the Delaware Board of Medical Practice.
In Delaware, Physician Assistant licenses are required to be renewed every two years. This is done by submitting a renewal application, renewal fee (you will be notified of the amount of the renewal fee when notified of renewal), and 100 continuing medical education hours.
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