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Physician Assistant

Eligibility Requirements for Oregon Licensure

To be eligible for a physician assistant license in Oregon, a person must have:

  • Graduated from a physician assistant training program approved by the American Medical Association Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA), or the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), or the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARCPA).
  • Passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) given by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 

Applicants who complete the application process but have not yet taken and passed the PANCE may be eligible for a Limited License, Pending Examination.  This license allows practice as a PA for a period of up to six months during which time the PA is required to take and pass the PANCE.  Failure to pass the PANCE will result in the automatic termination of the Limited License, Pending Examination.

General Application Information

Application Requirements & Instructions
  • Important Application Information
  • Documentation Required
    • Items to be sent to the Board from you, the applicant
    • Items to be sent to the Board directly from the primary source
    • Personal History Questions
  • Open-Book Medical Practice Act (MPA) Exam

Temporary Authorization: During the COVID-19 declared emergency in Oregon, an out-of-state physician or physician assistant may request Temporary Authorization to practice in Oregon under OAR 847-010-0068. Out-of-state physicians and PAs coming into Oregon must be actively licensed and in good standing in another state. To apply, submit the Emergency Authorization Application and supplemental materials. There is no fee for this request.

Supplemental Forms

To assist you with fast and accurate information on the status of your application or questions about your license, please contact the Licensing Call Center:
9 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 3 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Phone: 971-673-2700

In all correspondence with the Call Center, please include your Applicant Number, Date of Birth, and ONLY the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number to ensure confidentiality.

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