Physician Assistants (PAís) are persons who have
attained a baccalaureate or masterís degree from an approved program of
instruction in primary health care or surgery. PAís are licensed by the
Board of Medicine and perform only under the supervision and control of a
supervising physician. They have passed the NCCPA exam and are currently
certified. A physician assistant may not perform any service which his or
her supervising physician is not qualified to perform. A physician
assistant may be authorized by the Board to issue written or oral
prescriptions for certain drugs if the following conditions are met: the
PA has performed patient care for a minimum of two (2) years immediately
preceding the submission of an application requesting limited prescriptive
privileges: Provided, That to meet this condition, the first year of
patient care may be as a student in an approved physician assistant
program; and the PA has successfully completed 4 semester hours of
instruction in clinical pharmacology.
Applications for Physician Assistant Licensure
The total fee for initial licensure is $250.00 and must
accompany the application when it is sent to the Board of Medicine
office. This non-refundable fee covers the cost of processing the
application, the licensure fee until the next renewal period and the fee
for Physician Health Program Assistance. All physician assistant
licenses expire on March 31 of odd-numbered years. The renewal fee is a
$150.00, which includes the renewal fee and the physician assistant fee
Health Program Assistance.
Requirements for Physician Assistant Licensure
Proof of graduation from an approved program of
instruction in primary health care or surgery.
Successful completion of NCCPA and evidence of
Good moral character.
Proof of attained baccalaureate or masterís degree,
as evidenced by a diploma.
Results of self-query from NPDB and HIPDB.
Board meetings are held every other month, beginning in
January. When your application is processed, you will receive a letter
notifying you of what documentation is outstanding. When all documentation
has been received, you will be mailed information to schedule your
interview. Your application must be complete, before you
may schedule your interview with a Board Member.
This interview must be completed at least fifteen (15) days before
the next scheduled Board meeting for your name to be placed on the Boardís
agenda for consideration. However, if you answer "yes" to any Personal
Data question on page two (2) of the application, you may be required to
appear before the Physician Assistant Committee.
Physician Assistant temporary licensure is
permitted when any graduate of an approved program submits an
application to the board for a physician assistant license, accompanied
by a job description, a $50 temporary license fee, and is waiting to sit for or gain the results from
the national commission on certification of physician assistants'
certifying examination. In this circumstance, the Board shall issue to that
applicant a temporary license allowing that applicant to function as a
physician assistant until the applicant successfully passes the national
commission on certification of physician assistants' certifying
examination. In the event of failure of that examination, the
temporary license shall expire and terminate automatically, and the
Board shall so notify the physician assistant.
Such temporary licensure is permitted also under the
same circumstances when the graduate of an approved program has
successfully passed the NCCPA certifying examination.
All other new applicants must wait for the next
scheduled meeting of the Board to gain licensure.
Once a physician assistant is approved for licensure by
the Board, he or she may apply for:
Change of supervisor at the same job location
Change of job location with the same supervisor
Change of job location and supervisor
Additional job location and supervisor
Additional job location with the same supervisor
Prescriptive writing privileges
The physician assistant may obtain an application
from the WV Board of Medicine website to make any of the above changes and/or additions.
Along with the application, the physician assistant must submit a new job
description signed and dated by the PA and each supervising physician, and
a $50.00 fee, if applicable. A physician assistant
may not begin working under the requested change or addition
until the PA has received written notice of approval from the Board
For Physician Assistant applications or any questions
you might have, contact:
Amy Callihan (304) 558-2921, ext. 70002 or
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO PROCESS MY APPLICATION?
This time will vary with each application. You
may speed the process by making sure you have
read and followed directions and all supporting documents are submitted
to the Board as quickly as possible, in accordance with the directions
set forth in the application packet.
MUST I HAVE A SUPERVISING PHYSICIAN IN ORDER TO
HOLD AN ACTIVE LICENSE?
Yes. When you no longer have a supervising physician,
you will be unlicensed. If you
for less than a year, you may apply for reinstatement of your license.
If longer than a year, you must apply as if you are a new applicant.
DOES THE BOARD CONTACT THE NPDB & HIPDB ON MY BEHALF?
No. You must contact the NPDB & HIPDB and request the
"Practitioner Request for Information Disclosure" self-query forms.
IS A TEMPORARY LICENSE AVAILABLE OR DO I HAVE TO WAIT
UNTIL THE NEXT BOARD MEETING?
See Temporary Approval, above.
TO WHICH STAFF MEMBER SHOULD I DIRECT MY QUESTIONS?
You should contact Terri Westfall (304) 558-2921, ext.
WHEN MAY I APPLY FOR PRESCRIPTIVE WRITING PRIVILEGES?
After you have performed patient care services for a
minimum of two (2) years, you may apply for prescriptive writing
SHOULD I LET THE BOARD KNOW IF I AM NO LONGER WORKING
UNDER THE SUPERVISING PHYSICIAN (S) FOR WHICH I APPLIED?
Yes. Also, the supervising physician must notify the
Board in writing of any termination of the employment of his or her
physician assistant with ten (10) days of the termination.
MAY I HAVE TEMPORARY APPROVAL TO WORK UNTIL I PASS
THE NCCPA EXAMINATION, IF I HAVE SAT FOR AND FAILED THE EXAM?
No. No applicant shall receive temporary
licensure who, following graduation from an approved program, has sat
for and not obtained a passing score on the exam.
VARIOUS APPLICATIONS FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS ARE
AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE