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Title 26: Professions and Occupations

Chapter 31: PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

26 V.S.A. § 1734. Eligibility



§ 1734. Eligibility

(a) The board may grant a license to practice as a physician assistant to an applicant who:

(1) submits a completed application form provided by the board;

(2) pays the required application fee;

(3) has graduated from an accredited physician assistant program or has passed and maintained the certification examination by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) prior to 1988;

(4) has passed the certification examination given by the NCCPA;

(5) is mentally and physically able to engage safely in practice as a physician assistant;

(6) does not hold any license, certification, or registration as a physician assistant in another state or jurisdiction which is under current disciplinary action, or has been revoked, suspended, or placed on probation for cause resulting from the applicant's practice as a physician assistant, unless the board has considered the applicant's circumstances and determines that licensure is appropriate;

(7) is of good moral character;

(8) submits to the board any other information that the board deems necessary to evaluate the applicant's qualifications; and

(9) has engaged in practice as a physician assistant within the last three years or has complied with the requirements for updating knowledge and skills as defined by board rules. This requirement shall not apply to applicants who have graduated from an accredited physician assistant program within the last three years.

(b), (c) [Deleted.]

(d) When the board intends to deny an application for licensure, it shall send the applicant written notice of its decision by certified mail. The notice shall include a statement of the reasons for the action. Within 30 days of the date that an applicant receives such notice, the applicant may file a petition with the board for review of its preliminary decision. At the hearing, the burden shall be on the applicant to show that licensure should be granted. After the hearing, the board shall affirm or reverse its preliminary denial.

(e) Failure to maintain competence in the knowledge and skills of a physician assistant, as determined by the board, shall be cause for revocation of licensure. (Added 1981, No. 100, § 4; amended 1985, No. 208 (Adj. Sess.), § 4, eff. June 30, 1986; 2011, No. 61, § 4, eff. June 2, 2011.)