Applications/registrations - physician assistants and anesthesiologist assistants

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General

Application verification

Physician Assistants (P.A.) licensure and registration

Anesthesiologist Assistants (A.A.) licensure and registration

Termination of registration

Reinstatement after expiration date

Reinstatement after surrender or revocation

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General

Both a license and registration to a supervising physician are necessary to practice as an assistant to a physician in Alabama.

An initial P.A. license and registration may be obtained at the same time.  While licensing is a "one time thing," registration is required for each new professional relationship.

Before beginning to complete the forms, you should thoroughly read Board Rules, Chapter 540-X-7, Assistants to Physicians (click "Chapter 540-X-7, Assistants to Physicians").

It is the responsibility of the supervising physician and the P.A./A.A. to submit an application in a timely manner (based on the Board’s established schedule).  Click here for agenda deadline schedules.  

The Board staff requires four to six weeks to process an initial application and initial registration agreement.  Click here to determine if interim approval is issued by the Board. 

For additional information regarding interim approval, thoroughly read Board Rules, Chapter 540-X-7, Assistants to Physicians (click "Chapter 540-X-7, Assistants to Physicians"). 

A license or registration application will not be placed on the agenda until the application is complete by the agenda deadline (not postmarked), including receipt by the Board of all supporting documentation. 

Note:  Please be reminded that waiting to receive information from other agencies can cause delays in a licensure application being placed on the Board's agenda, i.e., license verification from other states, criminal background results.


Application verification

To review the status of an application, click here: https://abme.igovsolution.net/online/Lookups/Application_StatusCheck.aspx

Board staff requires four to six weeks to process an initial application and/or initial registration agreement.  

For an initial application, select “P.A." or "A.A." for License Type

For temporary P.A. application, select "TA" for License Type

For a registration agreement application, select “RA” for License Type

To review the Board’s decision regarding an approved initial application and/or registration agreement, click here: https://abme.igovsolution.net/online/Lookups/Individual_Lookup.aspx

Allow five business days after the Board meeting to verify the status of a submitted application

You should keep a copy for your records of all applications submitted

NOTE: you may need to refresh the page (F5) to see the latest forms


Physician Assistants (P.A.) licensure and registration

To ensure the Board reviews your application in a timely manner, do not reformat the required forms located on this page.  Forms that are reformatted will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant.

Step 1 - Licensure

  • Online application for P. A. license
    • Please review the instructions and be sure you have all required documents ready to upload. You will not be able to move forward in the process until the required items are submitted. The application must be completed in one sitting.
  • Valid supporting documents for Declaration of Citizenship
  • Criminal background check release form/instructions
  • ☐ Fingerprint cards for criminal background check 
    •    Please note: fingerprint cards must be mailed to you; please provide your mailing address to
  • ☐ License application fee is $200 plus $65 for the criminal background check


Step 2 - Registration

Before being approved to practice, a formal work relationship with a supervising physician is established by approved registration to a physician.

The application packet for registration of a P. A. to a supervising physician contains the following forms:

 

If you're requesting additional skills:


Anesthesiologist Assistants (A.A.) licensure and registration

To ensure the Board reviews your application in a timely manner, do not reformat the required forms located on this page.  Forms that are reformatted will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant.

Step 1 - Licensure

The application for a A.A. license contains the following forms:

  • Please review the instructions and be sure you have all required documents ready to upload. You will not be able to move forward in the process until the required items are submitted. The application must be completed in one sitting.
  • Valid supporting documents for Declaration of Citizenship
  • Criminal background check release form/instructions
  • ☐ Fingerprint cards for criminal background check 
    •    Please note: fingerprint cards must be mailed to you; please provide your mailing address to


    Step 2 - Registration

    Before being approved to practice, a formal work relationship with a supervising anesthesiologist is established by approved registration to an anesthesiologist.

    The application packet for registration of an A. A. to a supervising anesthesiologist contains the following forms:

The fee for registration is $100.  Please make checks payable to the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. Your printed name must be included in the memo section of a submitted check.


Termination of registration

  • The P.A./A.A. and the physician are responsible for informing the Board of the effective date of the termination of employment and the reasons for such termination.
  • Failure to notify the Board of termination may be considered by the Board as a violation of Board rules for the purpose of approval of future applications for registration.
  • Termination must be in writing and can be accomplished using the online P. A./A.A. registration termination form (must download to computer to use email button).


Reinstatement after expiration date

If a PA/AA fails to renew a license before Jan. 1 of each year, it may subsequently be renewed as follows:

  • Between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, submit a completed application, pay the fee, and certify completion of the CME credits required for the prior year.
  • Feb. 1 and thereafter, submit a completed application, pay the fee, and submit proof of completion of the CME credits required for the prior year

A form for the reissue must be requested from the Assistants to Physicians licensing department. 

Request PA/AA renewal form


Reinstatement after voluntary surrender or revocation

A PA/AA whose license was voluntarily surrendered or revoked should submit a reinstatement application form.

Pursuant to Ala. Code 34-24-306, requests for reinstatement of a revoked or surrendered license which are filed with the Board within 24 months of the effective date of the revocation or surrender may be dismissed by the Board as prematurely filed.  The Board is without jurisdiction to reinstate the license of an assistant to physician whose license was revoked or voluntarily surrendered if the request for reinstatement is received by the Board more than five years after the effective date of the revocation or surrender.


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