State Licensure Guide for Physician Assistants

Physician assistants (PA-C) are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider.  The PA-C scope of practice describes the procedures, actions, and processes that a healthcare practitioner is permitted to undertake in keeping with the terms of their professional license. In most states, a physician assistant’s scope of practice is determined with the supervising/collaborating physician at the practice site, with state law guiding their decision. Many states are changing these practice acts to allow the physician to determine the scope of practice. At this time, all states require physician assistants to have some level of supervision or collaboration, ranging from continuous supervision to collaborative contact.  Check with the medical board of each state as these laws are constantly changing.

Additional information can be found at https://www.aapa.org/advocacy-central/state-advocacy/state-licensing/ (membership in AAPA required for some information).

Board of Medical Examiners,
PO Box 946
Montgomery, AL 36101

(334) 242-4116

Alaska State Medical Board Division of Occupational Licensing
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1500
Anchorage, AK 99501

(907) 269-8160

Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants
9545 E Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(480) 551-2700 or (877) 255-2212

State Medical Board
1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 340
Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 296-1802

Physician Assistant Board
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1100
Sacramento, CA 95815

(916) 561-8780

Board of Medicine
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 894-7800

Division of Medical Quality Assurance
Department of Public Health – PA Licensing
410 Capitol Avenue, MS #12 APP
PO Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134

(860) 509-8000

Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline
Cannon Building, Suite. 203, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard
Dover, DE 19904

(302) 744-4500

Board of Medicine
899 North Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20002

(877) 672-2174

Board of Medicine
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C03
Tallahassee, FL 32399

(850) 488-0595

Composite Medical Board
2 Peachtree Street NW, 36th floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

(404) 656-3913

Hawaii Medical Board
Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs, Division of Professional Licensing
PO Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

(808) 586-3000

Board of Medicine
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720

(208) 327-7000

Division of Professional Regulation
320 West Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786

(217) 785-0820

Professional Licensing Agency, Attn: PA Committee
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 234-2060 or (888) 473-4858

Board of Physician Assistants
Professional Licensing Division
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

(515) 281-0254

Board of Healing Arts
800 SW Jackson, Lower Level, Suite A
Topeka, KS 66612

(785) 296-7413 or (888) 886-7205

Board of Medical Licensure
310 Whittington Parkway, Suite 1B
Louisville, KY 40222

(502) 429-7150

Board of Medical Examiners
630 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 568-6820

Board of Licensure in Medicine
137 State House Station
161 Capitol Street
Augusta, ME 04333

(207) 287-3601

Board of Physicians
4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215

(410) 764-4777 or (800) 492-6836

Board of Registration of Physician Assistants
239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

(800) 414-0168 or (617) 973-0806

Task Force on Physician’s Assistants
Bureau of Health Care Services
PO Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909

(517) 373-8068

Board of Medical Practice
2829 University Avenue SE, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55414

(612) 617-2130

Board of Medical Licensure
1867 Crane Ridge Drive, Suite 200-B
Jackson, MS 39216

(601) 987-3079

Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
State Advisory Commission for Physician Assistants
PO Box 4
Jefferson City, MO 65102

(573) 751-0098 or (866) 289-5753

Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620

(406) 444-5773

Board of Examiners in Medicine and Surgery
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509

(402) 471-3121

Board of Medical Examiners
1105 Terminal Way, Suite 301
Reno, NV 89502

(775) 688-2559 or (888) 890-8210

Board of Medicine
121 South Fruit St.
Concord, NH 03301

(603) 271-2152

Physician Assistant Advisory Committee
PO Box 183
Trenton, NJ 08625

(609) 826-7100

Medical Board
2055 South Pacheco Street, Building #400
Santa Fe, NM 87505

(505) 476-7220 or (800) 945-5845

State Board for Medicine
Office of the Professions,
State Education Building, 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12234

(518) 474-3817, ext. 410

Medical Board
P.O. Box 20007
Raleigh, NC 27619

(919) 326-1100, (919) 326-1109, or (800) 253-9653

Board of Medicine
418 East Broadway Avenue, Suite #12
Bismarck, ND 58501

(701) 328-6500

State Medical Board
30 East Broad Street, 3rd floor
Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 466-3934

Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision
101 ME 51st Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

(405) 962-1400

Medical Board
1500 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 620
Portland, OR 97201

(971) 673-2700 or (877) 254-6263

Board of Medicine
PO Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105

(717) 783-1400

Board of Physician Assistants
Division of Health Services Regulation
Health Professionals
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

(401) 222-5960

Board of Medical Examiners
110 Centerview Drive
Columbia, SC 292109

(803) 896-4500

Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners
101 North Main Avenue, Suite #301
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

(605) 367-7781

Committee on Physician Assistants,
Department of Health-Related Boards
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

(615) 532-3202

Physician Assistant Board,
c/o Texas Medical Board
PO Box 2018
Austin, TX 78768

(512) 305-7030

Physician Assistant Licensing Board,
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

(801) 530-6628

Board of Medical Practice
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05402

(802) 863-7200 or (800) 464-4343

Board of Medicine
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233

(804) 367-4501

Medical Quality Assurance Commission
PO Box 47866
Olympia, WA 98504

(360) 236-2750

Board of Medicine
101 Dee Drive, Suite 103
Charleston, WV 25311

(304) 558-2921

Medical Examining Board
PO Box 8935
Madison, WI 53703

(608) 266-2112 or (877) 617-1565

Board of Medicine
130 Hobbs Avenue, Suite A
Cheyenne, WY 82002

(307) 778-7053 or (800) 438-5784

Note: Scope of Practice – The scope of practice describes the procedures, actions, and processes that a healthcare practitioner is permitted to undertake in keeping with the terms of their professional license. In most states, a physician assistant’s scope of practice is determined with the supervising/collaborating physician at the practice site, with state law guiding their decision. Many states are changing these practice acts to allow the physician to determine the scope of practice. Check with the medical board of each state as these laws are changing.

*The information on this page is provided as a guide to assist you with high level information and is not 100% comprehensive. Visa status, state updates and other factors may impact the information provided. Please visit the state website for the state you are applying for to ensure you have all of the correct information.