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Osteopathic Physician Assistant

Osteopathic medicine is rapidly growing. Osteopathic Physician Assistants practice a “whole person” approach to health care. They focusing on the musculoskeletal system and how this relates to the patient as a whole.

Osteopathic Physician Assistant

Osteopathic Physician Assistant



Osteopathic physician assistants have a great opportunity to work for a D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine) seeing the different ways that they are able to deal with situations; it also is a great setting for a PA, especially in primary care.

Supervising physician” means a doctor of osteopathy who assumes legal and supervising responsibility for the work or training of any osteopathic physician assistant under his or her supervision. Physician Assistant working under a D.O., and a D.O. supervising a PA must be registered with the Board of Osteopathic Licensure. Supervising physicians must provide direction to the physician assistant to specify what medical services may be provided by the physician assistant and a physician assistant may not provide services beyond the scope of those assigned to him or her by the supervising physician.

To qualify for your license,

1. You must have graduated from a program approved by the board.
2. Pass the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) examination within one year of graduation from a physician assistant program.

Licensure as Osteopathic Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants cannot perform as an osteopathic physician assistant without first applying for and obtaining a license from the board as an osteopathic physician assistant. As a condition of renewal of an osteopathic physician assistant license, each osteopathic physician assistant must provide written documentation satisfactory to the board of participation in and successful completion of continuing education in courses approved by the board of osteopathy for the purposes of continuing education of osteopathic physician assistants.

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