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. PAís are extenders of their supervising
physicians. The PA has passed the NCCPA exam and holds current
certification with the NCCPA. A PA may not perform any service which
his or her supervising physician is not qualified to perform. A PA 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. Effective July 1, 2013, a physician assistant
shall provide evidence of completion of a minimum of three (3) hours of
drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled
substances training within two (2) years prior to his or her application
submission to the Board for limited prescription privileges.
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
total of $150.00, which includes the renewal fee and the physician
assistant fee for Physician 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 and complete the name will be
placed on the Boardís agenda for consideration. If, you answer "yes" to
any questions on pages two (2) and/or three (3) of the application, you
are required to provide a written explanation on a separate sheet of
paper and you may be required to appear before the Physician Assistant
Physician Assistant temporary licensure is
permitted when any graduate of an approved program submits a complete
application to the board for a physician assistant license and the $50
temporary license fee. This includes those PAs 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 approval 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.
Temporary licensure is permitted under the same
circumstances when the graduate of an approved program has successfully
passed the NCCPA certifying examination.
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
- Change of job location and supervisor
- Additional job location and supervisor
- Additional job location with the same
- Prescriptive writing privileges
- Additional job duties
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 $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 Office. The Board
does not retroactively issue temporary approval letters.
For Physician Assistant applications or any
questions you might have, contact:
Amy C. Callihan, CMCO at (304) 558-2921, ext. 70002
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How long will it take to process my application?
This time will vary with each application. You may
speed up the process by making sure you have read and followed the
directions on each application and have provided correct documentation
and have provided all of the required supporting documents to the Board.
Must I have a supervising physician in order to hold an active
No, but when you no longer have a supervising
physician, you may no longer function as a Physician Assistant. Even if
your license is active you are not able to function as a Physician
Assistant without a supervising physician approved by this Board.
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.
Who should complete my application requests?
The Board strongly suggests that each individual
Physician Assistant complete and turn in their own application requests
since it is the Physician Assistantís license.
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. In addition, 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 request temporary approval to work before 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.
APPLICATIONS FOR PHYSICIAN
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