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​Physician Assistant

Pennsylvania Licensure Requirements


Bachelor’s Degree & Graduate from approved PA Program


1 Examination


No Experience Requirement


100 Hours of Continuing Education


30.00 Initial Fee


40.00 Renewal Fee

A person trained to perform, under the supervision of a physician, many clinical procedures traditionally performed by a physician, such as diagnosing and treating minor ailments.

Degree Requirement:  

Bachelor’s Degree & Graduate from approved PA Program
An applicant must have obtained a minimum of a Baccalaureate/Bachelor’s Degree and graduate from a Physician Assistant program recognized by the State Board.  The Board recognizes physician assistant education programs accredited by the American Medical Association's Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA), the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or a successor organization.

Examination Requirement: 

1 Examination
The applicant must receive a passing grade on the  Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) provided by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Experience: 

No Experience Requirement No experience requirement for licensure.

Continuing Education: 

100 Hours   
To be eligible for renewal of a physician assistant license, the physician assistant shall complete continuing medical education as required by the NCCPA and maintain National certification by completing current recertification mechanisms available to the profession, identified on the NCCPA's website as recognized by the Board. Biennial Renewal Cycle. 

Initial Licensing Fee: 

$30.00

Licensure Renewal Fee: 

$40.00
Biennial renewal of license.

Licensure by Act 41:

Act 41 allows for portability of out-of-state professional licensees coming to work in Pennsylvania. Act 41 does this by granting all boards and commissions within the Commonwealth the authority to endorse licensees from other states, territories or jurisdictions (with substantially equivalent licensing requirements) who are active, in good standing and without discipline against their license or criminal conviction.