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Physician Assistant


A physician assistant ("PA") is a licensed health care professional who provides medical care under the supervision of a physician. PAs provide a wide range of care within the area of practice of the supervising physician.

Licensing Requirements:

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to practice as a registered physician assistant in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's website at

Applicant must be of good moral character.

Age Requirements:

Applicant must be 21 years of age.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Applicants must meet education requirements specified by the New York State Education Department.

Examination Requirements:

Applicants must meet examination requirements specified by the New York State Education Department.

Fees: (as of January 19, 2012)

The fee for licensure is $115 ($70 Application Fee, $45 First Three-Year Registration Fee).
The fee for a limited permit is $105

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2013, there were 970 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of December 31, 2013, there were 13,307 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Medicine Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 260 (voice)
518-402-2323 (fax)

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1071 - Physician Assistants
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

New York State Society of Physician Assistants
100 North 20th Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 1-877-SNY-7PAC
Fax: (215) 564-2175

American Academy of Physician Assistants
2318 Mill Road, Suite 1300,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 836-2272


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 7/29/14.

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