Physician Assistant - Requirements For Your Initial License

Please review the requirements below and acknowledge that you have read them.

Applicant must be twenty-one (21) years of age and of good moral character.

Possess a master's degree in a health-related or science field.

Successfully complete an educational program for physician assistants accredited by CAAHEP or its predecessor or successor agency.

Pass the certification examination administered by the NCCPA and have current NCCPA certification.

Certified or notarized copy of birth certificate or passport must be submitted.

Copy of physician assistant school diploma must be submitted. If diploma is not in English, a certified or notarized translation must be submitted.

If official name is different from the name listed on birth certificate or passport, certified or notarized documentation of the official name change must be submitted.

Passport type photograph of applicant must be submitted with release of information.

Upon completion and approval of application, you will be required to appear at the office of the Board for a personal interview, take the jurisprudence examination and submit for a criminal background check (fingerprinting) which will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Supporting documentation must be submitted as soon as possible once the application is submitted. Applications will not be processed until all supporting documentation has been received.

For a complete listing of the Board's requirements and instructions for submitting documentation, review the information at the following links:

Seeking licensure as a Physician Assistant in Mississippi is a legally required and exacting process as organized through the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure. To that end the leadership of the Mississippi Academy of Physician Assistants, a statewide professional PA organization, has volunteered to assist any new PA applicant in seeking this licensure. This would include assistance with paperwork submission, protocol review, and professional advice. For any further information please contact:

Lorin S. Jones, PA-C
MAPA Legislative Chair

Approval Certification

 I acknowledge that I have read and understand the requirements above.