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Physician Assistant Licensing Information

Application Instructions

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Go to MyLicense.IN.gov and you will either need to create or login to your Access Indiana, single sign-on account. You will complete the online application and submit payment with a credit or debit card. You will be contacted by a customer service representative with details of what additional documentation is required to complete your application. Applications are processed in the order received.

  • Application and Instructions for Licensure as a Physician Assistant

    If you have not secured employment, you do not need to complete or send in the Collaborating Physician page of the application, nor do you need to submit a collaborative agreement.  A license may be issued without both but you will not be able to work as a P.A..  Once you obtain employment you must then complete a change/addition application, submit it by mail with payment and a collaborative agreement.  You will not be able to practice until we have a collaborative agreement on file. 

    1. Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    2. Application fee of $100.00: Pay by credit or debit card for applications submitted online If applying by paper/mail make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Criminal Background Check
    4. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. Official Transcript: Submit an official transcript of courses and grades from an approved Physician Assistant school showing that the degree has been confirmed. Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    7. Copy of Diploma: An original copy of your diploma.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    8. Score Report from the Examination administered by the NCCPA:  You must request that your official score report be sent directly to Professional Licensing Agency from the NCCPA.
      • National Commission on Certification
        of Physician Assistants
        12000 Findley Road, Suite 200
        Duluth, GA 30097
        (678) 417-8100
        (678) 417-8135 (fax)
        Email:  nccpa@nccpa.net
        Website:  http://www.nccpa.net/
    9. Current NCCPA Certificate: A copy of your current NCCPA Certificate. Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    10. Verification of Licensure: Verification of any registration/license/certification to practice any health-related profession or occupation in another state or territory.  Verifications must be submitted directly from the state of issuance.  The form is linked should you another state require the form to complete the request.
    11. Collaborative Agreements - Click here for information on collaborative agreements.
      1. Collaborative Agreement Checklist
      2. Collaborative Agreement Sample
    12. Controlled Substances - Click here for information on applying for a controlled substance registration.

    The Fair Information Practice Act:  In compliance with Ind. Code 4-1-6, this agency is notifying you that you must provide the requested information, or your application will not be processed. You have the right to challenge, correct, or explain information maintained by this agency. The information you provide will become public record. Your examination scores and grade transcripts are confidential except in circumstances where their release is required by law, in which case you will be notified.

    Mandatory Disclosure of U.S. Social Security Number: Your social security number is being requested by this state agency in accordance with Ind. Code 4-1-8-1 and 25-1-5- 11(a). Disclosure is mandatory, and this record cannot be processed without it. Failure to disclose your U.S. social security number will result in the denial of your application. Application fees are not refundable.

    Abandon Applications:  If an applicant does not submit all requirements within one (1) year after the date on which the application is filed, the application for licensure is abandoned without any action of the Board. An application submitted after an abandoned application shall be treated as a new application.

    All applications are subject to review and approval by the Physician Assistant Committee.

    JOB DESCRIPTION OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT:
    1. The supervising physician shall submit a description of the exact privileges and tasks the physician assistant shall be performing under the physician's supervision.
    2. The job description must be personalized and specific to the individual physician assistant's skill level and responsibilities.
    3. This job description must be on company letterhead and signed by the supervising physician and the physician assistant.
    4. The company letterhead and/or job description must indicate the location of the primary cite of practice within the State of Indiana.
    5. The supervising physician must sign pages 3 and 4 of the application for the application to be considered.

    In accordance with IC 25-27.5-6-2, a physician may supervise not more than four (4) physician assistants at one time. Furthermore, according to IC 25-27.5-5-4 physician assistants may not prescribe certain things, please review. Again, be sure the job description is on company letterhead and signed by the supervising physician.


    CHART REVIEW & SUPERVISION

    Chart review must be included in every collaborating agreement submitted to the Board.  If you are beginning employment with a new collaborating physician, the collaborating agreement must include that the collaborating physician will review for the 1st year 10% or the PA's files within 10 days.  This is for all PA's regardless of how long you have been practicing as a PA.

    Example:

    * Dr. Smith will review 10% of Jody Brown's files within 10 days.
    * Subsequent years- the percentage of review will be determined by the collaborating physician and needs to be stated in the collaborating agreement.
    IC 25-27.5-6-1

  • Temporary Permit

    For applicants applying by Examination or Endorsement.  Applicants are not eligible for a temporary permit when applying by credentials.

    Your application file must be complete and pending Committee review before a temporary permit may be issued.  If you wish to practice while waiting for your application file to be reviewed you must apply for and obtain a temporary permit.  The temporary permit is only good while the Committee members are reviewing your full application.

    According to IC 25-27.5-4-4
    (a) The committee may grant a temporary license to an applicant who meets all qualifications for licensure (including the passage of the examination) and is awaiting the next scheduled meeting of the committee.
    (b) A temporary license is valid until the committee makes a final decision on the applicant's request for a license.

    1. Temporary Permit Request: Online applicants can submit the application for the Physician Assistant temporary permit after submitting their application for Physician Assistant licensure.  Applicants submitting paper applications will check “Yes” in the appropriate box to request the temporary permit.
    2. Application fee of $50.00: Pay by credit or debit card for applications submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov. If applying by paper/mail make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  Please note that this fee is in addition to the $100.00 Physician Assistant application fee for a total of $150.00.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. All Requirements for full licensure (including the passage of the examination) and is awaiting the next schedule meeting of the committee.
      1. Please note, the Committee only meets 4 (four) times per year.

    Issuance of Temporary Permit:  
    A temporary permit issued to an Examination applicant will only be valid for a period of six (6) months from the date of graduation. (Example: If you graduate on May 31, 2020 but do not apply for a temporary until June 15, 2020 you will only be granted a temporary permit from June 15, 2020 until November 30, 2020.) Temporary permits will automatically expire, without further action by the Committee, on the date of expiration.

    A temporary permit issued to an Endorsement applicant will be valid for a period of six (6) months from the date of issuance.

    Renewal of Temporary Permit: If the applicant fails to take the examination within the six (6) month period and presents an explanation to the Committee in writing, which shows good cause for not taking the examination, the Committee may allow the applicant to renew their temporary permit. The Committee will review all requests on a case-by-case basis.  The fee for renewal of a temporary permit is $10.00.

  • Documents Required for Prescriptive Authority
    • Application: The initial application submitted for a Physician Assistant will include the request for Prescriptive Authority.  If you are not yet prepared to request the Prescriptive Authority at the time of application for full licensure, you will be required to use the Change or Addition of Collaborative Physician section below.
    • You must also submit a controlled substance registration application and fee if you will be prescribing controlled substances - see below.
    • Collaborative Agreement - The agreement must meet the requirements stated in IC 25-27.5-5-2.  The Collaborating Physician shall submit a description of the exact privileges and tasks the physician assistant shall be performing under the physician’s collaboration.  The collaborating agreement shall be specific to the physician assistant being hired “i.e. John Brown, PA will be responsible for…”  Also include a description of procedures for dealing with emergencies.  The collaborative agreement must be completely typed, on letterhead, and signed by both the physician and physician assistant.  The collaborative agreement must also include a list of classifications of medications the physician assistant is delegated to prescribe (example:  May prescribe schedules II - V)  and a description of protocols used in the practice.  Protocols to be used for physician assistant prescribing may include clinical practice guidelines, reference texts, or other sources.  All prescribing sections in an agreement must include the following statement:  The PA may not prescribe schedule I.
    • If you are seeking to prescribe non-controlled substances, you must specifically state this in your agreement.  Example:  "The physician assistant will only be prescribing non-controlled substances."

      The initial application submitted for a Physician Assistant will include the request for Prescriptive Authority.  If you are not yet prepared to request the Prescriptive Authority at the time of application for full licensure, you will be required to use the Change or Addition of Collaborative Physician section below.

    All applications are subject to review and approval by the Physician Assistant Committee.

    Chart Review

    Chart review must be included in every collaborating agreement submitted to the Board.  If you are beginning employment with a new collaborating physician, the collaborating agreement must include that the collaborating physician will review for the 1st year 10% or the PA's files within 10 days.  This is for all PA's regardless of how long you have been practicing as a PA.

    Example:

    * Dr. Smith will review 10% of Mary Brown's files within 10 days.
    * Subsequent years- the percentage of review will be determined by the collaborating physician and needs to be stated in the collaborating agreement.
    IC 25-27.5-6-1

    Controlled Substance Registration - If you are going to prescribe, dispense or administer controlled substances you must also apply for a Controlled Substance Registration.  Please review the Controlled Substance Registration instructions.  If you already have authority to prescribe legend drugs, you will need to submit an updated practice agreement indicating your authority prescribe controlled substances with the CSR.  If you have more than one practice location, you will only need a separate CSR for locations in which you administer and/or dispense controlled substances.  If you just prescribe controlled substances, you only need a Controlled Substance Registration at your main location.

  • Instructions for Change or Addition of Collaborative Physician

    Change and Addition of Collaborating Physician Application

    Documents Required

    The Physician Assistant  must complete, date and sign the application and return it by U.S. Mail to the Professional Licensing Agency along with the items listed below:
    • Application Fee - The fee for the change and addition application is $50.00. Please make all checks payable to the Professional Licensing Agency.
    • Collaborative Agreement - The section above provides instructions and examples for the Collaborative Agreement.
  • Information Regarding Reciprocity and Provisional Licenses

    Licensure by Reciprocity: The Committee shall issue a license to an applicant if the applicant satisfies the following conditions:
    PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CANNOT WORK WITH A LICENSE ISSUED BY RECIPROCITY UNTIL YOU HAVE A COLLABORATING AGREEMENT FILED AND APPROVED BY THE COMMITTEE. 
    * Holds a current license from another state or jurisdiction; and
    *that state's or jurisdiction's requirements for a license are substantially equivalent to or exceed the requirements for a license of the Committee; or
    *when the person was licensed or certified by another state:

    • there were minimum education requirements in the other state or jurisdiction;
    • if there were applicable work experience and clinical supervision requirements in effect, the person met those requirements to be licensed in that state; and
    • if required by the other state or jurisdiction, the person previously passed an examination required for the license or certification.
      • Has not committed any act in any state or jurisdiction that would have constituted grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of a license, certificate, registration, or permit to practice that occupation in Indiana at the time the act was committed.
      • Does not have a complaint or an investigation pending before the regulating agency in another state or jurisdiction that relates to unprofessional conduct.
      • Is in good standing and has not been disciplined by the agency that has authority to issue the license or certification.
      • If a law regulating the applicant's occupation requires the Committee to administer an examination on the relevant laws of Indiana, the Committee may require the applicant to take and pass an examination specific to the laws of Indiana.
      • Pays any fees required by the Committee for which the applicant is seeking licensure.
    • Provisional Licenses: An applicant for a license by reciprocity is entitled to a provisional license, if all the following conditions are met:
      • The individual signs an attestation, under the penalties for perjury, the following:
        • The individual is in good standing in all states and jurisdictions in which the individual holds a license or certificate for the occupation applied for.
        • The individual has not had a license revoked and has not voluntarily surrendered a license in another state or jurisdiction while under investigation for unprofessional conduct.
        • The individual has not had discipline imposed by the regulating agency for the occupation in another state or jurisdiction.
        • The individual does not have a complaint or an investigation pending before the regulating agency in another state or jurisdiction that relates to unprofessional conduct.
      • The individual does not have a disqualifying criminal history.
      • The individual submits verification that the individual is currently licensed or certified in at least one (1) other state or jurisdiction in the occupation applied for.
      • The individual has submitted an application for a license or certificate under this chapter with the board and has paid any application fee.
    • Expiration of Provisional Licenses: A provisional license expires on the earlier of the following:
      • Three hundred sixty-five (365) days after it is issued.
      • The date on which the Committee approves and issues the individual a license for the occupation.
      • The date on which the Committee denies the individual's application for a license or certificate for the occupation.

Renewal Instructions

  • Renewal Information
    • Renew Online!
    • Physician Assistant licenses expires on June 30th of even-numbered years.
    • The physician assistant renewal fee is $50 if renewed on or before June 30th. If renewed after June 30th a late fee of $50 will be due in addition to your renewal fee.
    • Physician assistants are required to maintain NCCPA certification in order to renew their license to an active status.

      If you have a Controlled Substance Registration (CSR), you must renew them also at the same time you renew your physician assistant license.  If you have more than one CSR you will need to renew each one.  If you have a different practice location than what is on your CSR, you will need to do one of the following:
    • Submit a email  stating that your current collaborating physician (give name and license number) has moved offices and you need to update the address on your  CSR or;
    • Submit a change/addition application, new collaborating agreement with new practice location listed and $50 application fee.  This application, agreement and fee must be mailed to our office as they are not currently online.

    Renewal notices are sent approximately ninety (90) days prior to the expiration date. License holders with valid email addresses on file will be emailed the renewal notice. Those who do not have valid email addresses on file will be mailed the license renewal notice; this notice is mailed to the address of record with the board. The board has no way of knowing whether or not a notice reaches its destination; therefore, when a notice has been emailed to a valid email address or mailed , the duty of the board has been performed.

    Inactive Status

    You do not have to have a current NCCPA in order to renew on inactive status, but must renew your license and pay the renewal fee.

    Name Change

    You may change the name on your license by submitting a copy of an official name change document such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, legal court document, drivers license or a social security card. You may upload this document at MyLicense.IN.gov.

  • Renewal Documents

Fee Schedule

  • Physician Assistant Applications/Renewals
    Physician Assistant Application/RenewalFeeTemporary PermitPenaltyTotal
    Initian Application (with Temporary Permit)$100$50NA$150
    Change of Supervising Physician$50NANA$50
    Addition of Supervising Physician$50NANA$50
    Renewal - due 6/30 of even-numbered years$50NANA$50
    Controlled Substance Registration$60NANA$60

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