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      RS 37:1360.24     


§1360.24.  Licensure

            A. Except as otherwise provided for in this Part, an individual shall be licensed by the board before he may practice as a physician assistant. The board may grant a license to a physician assistant applicant who:

            (1) Submits an application on the forms approved by the board.

            (2) Pays the appropriate fee as determined by the board.

            (3) Has successfully completed an education program for physician assistants accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation, its predecessors, or its successors and who has passed the physician assistant national certifying examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

            (4) Certifies that he is mentally and physically able to engage in practice as a physician assistant.

            (5) Has no licensure, certification, or registration as a physician assistant in any jurisdiction under current discipline, revocation, suspension, or probation for cause resulting from the applicant's practice as a physician assistant, unless the board considers such condition and agrees to licensure.

            (6) Is of good moral character.

            (7) Submits to the board any other information the board deems necessary to evaluate the applicant's qualifications.

            (8) Has been approved by the board.

            B. A personal interview of a physician assistant applicant shall be required only in those cases where the applicant is making his first application before the board and where discrepancies exist in the application or the applicant has been subject to prior adverse licensure, certification, or registration action.

            C. The board may grant a working permit, which is valid for one year but may be renewed by one additional year, to a physician assistant applicant who meets the qualifications for licensure except that the applicant has not yet taken the national certifying examination or the applicant has taken the national certifying examination and is awaiting the results.

            D. A working permit is valid only until the following occur:

            (1) The results of an applicant's examination are available.

            (2) The board makes a final decision on the applicant's request for licensure.

            Acts 1993, No. 662, §1, eff. June 16, 1993; Acts 2015, No. 453, §1, eff. July 1, 2015; Acts 2022, No. 271, §2.

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