Physician Assistant Registration with a DO

PA Registration with a Osteopath (DO) as the Supervising Physician in the State of Pennsylvania

There is no provision for temporary certification for a GPA to practice with a DO as a supervising physician until the GPA has passed the NCCPA exam and received approval from the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and received his/her permanent certification.

To obtain an application for certification as a PA and for a DO supervising physician contact:

Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine
PO Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Phone: 717-783-4858

A Step-by-Step Guide for Students for This Process

Step 1: Permanent Certification

Upon passing the NCCPA exam and after completion and approval of the application for both the PA and the supervising physician, the PA may practice within the scope allowed by the Osteopathic Board of Medicine.

Step 2: After Graduation and successful completion of the NCCPA exam
  1. Obtain an application from the Osteopathic Board and complete your section of the application to practice as a PA.
  2. There is a section that the PA Program Director of your educational institution will need to complete. This cannot be done until you have officially graduated. Your educational institution will then submit the completed application to the State.
  3. Obtain employment.
  4. Have your supervising physician complete an application which is obtained from the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine and submit it to the State.
  5. For permanent certification as a physician assistant in Pennsylvania, you must file a written request from the NCCPA to send your official exam score directly to the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine.
  6. You must include your NCCPA certification number with your request. This is the number you will receive with your examinations scores.

    National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
    Suite 800
    157 Technology Pkwy
    Norcross, GA 30092-2913
    Phone: (770) 734-4500
    Fax: (770) 734-4535

  7. Upon receipt and approval of this information the State will issue you a permanent certificate.
  8. This process might take 1 to 2 months or more. A PA may not be employed and practice with a DO as the supervising physician until this process is complete.
  9. Failure to comply with this regulation will subject the PA to prosecution for practicing medicine without a license.

PLEASE NOTE: An important difference in practicing medicine with a DO supervising physician is that the PA is not able to prescribe or dispense drugs.

For more information you may contact the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine or visit their web site at: > professional licensing.