Colorado Medical Board: Physician Assistant Licensing Requirements

Physician Assistant Licensing Requirements


Qualifications for Physician Assistant Licensure

Physician Assistants (PAs) are persons who have completed a graduate training program in health care. PAs are licensed by the Medical Board and work under the supervision of a physician. The Medical Board rules allow PAs to perform any medical function delegated to them by the supervising physician, including full prescribing privileges. 

Requirements for licensure as a Physician Assistant include:

  • Graduation from an NCCPA-approved physician assistant program;
  • Verified practice history;
  • Passage of the NCCPA National Board Exam;
  • Verification of Federation of State Medical Boards disciplinary history

Licensure Application Fee

All fees are subject to review and change on July 1 each year. The application fee is not refundable. This fee covers the cost of processing the application and the licensing fee until the next renewal period. All Physician Assistant licenses expire on January 31 of even-numbered years. Physician Assistants who apply for licensure close to the renewal period may wish to consider holding their applications until just after the renewal. Otherwise, they will be required to pay both the application and renewal fee in short succession.

Reinstatement

Reinstatement is necessary to change a license status from expired to current. Certain requirements have been established to make these changes. You must complete and return the Reinstatement Application along with the applicable fee. The application may also require the following supporting documentation:

  • Verification of certification by the NCCPA;
  • Verification certificate/licenses currently or previously held in other states or jurisdictions;
  • Two letters of recommendations from physicians familiar with current medical practice;
  • Compliance with the continued competency rule (Rule 410)

Reactivation

Reactivation is necessary to change a license status from inactive to active. Do not use a reactivation application to change a license status from expired to current. Instead, you will need to apply for reinstatement of your license.

To reactivate your license, you must complete and return the Reactivation Application along with the applicable fee. The application may also require the following supporting documentation:

  • Verification of certification by the NCCPA;
  • Verification certificate/licenses currently or previously held in other states or jurisdictions;
  • Two letters of recommendation from physicians familiar with current medical practice;
  • Compliance with the continued competency rule (Rule 410)

NCCPA Contact Information

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Inc.
12000 Findley Road, Suite 100
Johns Creek, GA 30097-1409
Phone: 678-417-8100
Fax: 678-417-8135

Continued Competency

The Continued Competency Rule requires that the applicant (if not having engaged in active practice for two or more years in any state or country prior to the request for reinstatement or reactivation of the license) be able to demonstrate continued competency. Competency may be demonstrated by re-testing and/or re-training, or other means as proposed to and accepted by the Board.