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Physician Assistant


A physician assistant ("PA") is a licensed health care professional who provides medical care under the supervision of a physician. PAs provide a wide range of care within the area of practice of the supervising physician.

Licensing Requirements:

Licensed New York physician assistants have graduated from a New York State approved program or the substantial equivalent. In addition, PAs must have passed a comprehensive licensing examination.


The fee for licensure is $115 ($70 Application Fee, $45 First Three-Year Registration Fee).
The fee for a limited permit is $105 (the limited permit fee is not refundable).

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 1,342 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 1,450 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2020, there were 1,574 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of January 1, 2021, there were 15,082 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Medicine
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: (518) 474-3817, Press 1 then ext. 560 (voice)
Fax: (518) 486-4846 (fax)
E-mail: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1071 - Physician Assistants
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Academy of Physician Assistants
2318 Mill Road, Suite 1300,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 836-2272
E-mail: [email protected]


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 2/8/21.

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