Physician Assistant License Requirements

Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.


In order to qualify for licensure, an applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:


Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;


Graduated from a physician assistant program accredited, at the time of graduation, by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA);


Please note that recent graduates of an accredited physician assistant program are eligible for a temporary permit.  Please note that a temporary permit is not available to licensees applying from other states or for applicants applying for reinstatement of a lapsed Connecticut license.


Passed the certification examination of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Inc. (NCCPA);


Holds current certification by the NCCPA;


Has completed not less than sixty (60) hours of didactic instruction in pharmacology for physician assistant practice in an accredited physician assistant education program or a post-graduate program for physician assistant practice.  


Documentation Requirements


Applicants must arrange for submission of the following documents directly to the Department from the source:


An official transcript, sent directly from the educational institution to this Department, verifying the award of a  baccalaureate or higher degree;


An official transcript sent directly from the educational institution to this Department verifying graduation from an accredited physician assistant program;


Official verification sent directly from the NCCPA of successful completion of the examination and of current certification status;


Official verification, sent directly from the educational institution, post-graduate program provider, NCCPA or American Academy of Physician Assistants to this Department, of completion of not less than sixty (60) hours of didactic instruction in pharmacology for physician assistant practice.  Please select this link for the required form; and


If applicable, official verification form sent directly from each state licensing authority where a license or certification is or has ever been held.  Please note that some jurisdictions charge a fee for this service.  Please contact the jurisdiction directly for fee information.;


A completed application with photograph attached.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online.  The application fee is $190.


Please arrange for all supporting documentation to be sent directly from the source to:


Connecticut Department of Public Health

Physician Assistant Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS# 12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone:  (860) 509-7603

Fax:  (860) 707-1931