1. What are the requirements to be a licensed Physician Assistant?
  2. Can I apply for a license before I get a job in Massachusetts?
  3. Does Massachusetts have a temporary permit while waiting to take the NCCPA exam?
  4. How long does it take to get your license?
  5. If I am licensed in another state as a physician assistant, can I practice in Massachusetts?
  6. Does Massachusetts have reciprocity?
  7. What is a verification or record of good standing?
  8. How do I get the rules & regulations for the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants?
  9. What is the Federal Credentials Verification Service?

1. What are the requirements to be a licensed Physician Assistant?
You must have a Bachelor's Degree, have graduated from a Physician Assistant program approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc (ARC-PA) and have taken and passed the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination.

2. Can I apply for a license before I get a job in Massachusetts?
Yes, however, you may not start a Physician Assistants job without submitting to the Board a complete Part II of the application which includes the physician assistant and supervising physician information.

3. Does Massachusetts have a temporary permit while waiting to take the NCCPA exam?
Yes, you may apply after you have graduated from a physician assistant program.

4. How long does it take to get your license?
Once all of your application materials have been received by the Physician Assistant Board, processing will take 2-3 weeks.

5. If I am licensed in another state as a physician assistant, can I practice in Massachusetts?
NO, you must complete the full application procedure for licensure.

6. Does Massachusetts have reciprocity?
There is NO formal reciprocity. You still have to fill out a complete application, have all states that you either held or hold a license in send to the Board of Registration of Physician Assistant a verification or record of good standing.

7. What is a verification or record of good standing?
This is a statement from the state licensing Board that your license is current and has not been revoked or any problems.

8. How do I get the rules & regulations for the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants?
They are available on our Web site. You can get them at the State House Book Store for a small fee. Their phone number is (617) 727-2834. Rules and Regulations for the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants 263 CMR.

9. What is the Federal Credentials Verification Service?


This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.