Physician Assistants

Physician assistants (PAs) are licensed health care professionals who render medical services under the supervision of a Maine-licensed allopathic or osteopathic physician. PAs render a broad range of health care services that were traditionally performed by physicians. PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and in most states can write prescriptions. PAs must work under the supervision of a Maine-licensed physician, and their duties and scope of practice are determined by the supervising physician in accordance with their education and training. PAs may be the principal care provider in some facilities where it is difficult for the supervising physician to be present on a regular basis. In such cases, the PA maintains contact with the supervising physician and other medical professionals as needed or as required by law. Information regarding a PAs current physician supervisor can be found by searching for the Physician Assistant at the Find a Licensee - ALMS Online Services page of the Board's website.

IMPORTANT: If you are searching for a Physician Assistant whom you believe is currently licensed but cannot locate him/her on our search engine or you locate them and their status is ‘Withdrawn/Terminated by Licensee’, please also check the Board of Osteopathic Licensure website at www.maine.gov/osteo and click ‘Find a Licensee in our Database’ as the Physician Assistant may be current with that Board.

Permanent License

Maine is now participating in the FSMB Uniform Application process. This means that there is now one place to apply for your Maine Physician Assistant License.

Please review the State of Maine Requirements for Physician Assistant Licensure (PDF) before you start the application. Click on the "Start Here" link in the picture below to begin your Uniform Application for licensure. Online Licensure Application | FSMB - Uniform Application (UA)

 

Important Notice

Before rendering any medical services in Maine, a PA must: (1) possess an active license issued by the Board; and (2) have filed a registration form with the Board that identifies a Primary Supervising Physician who has agreed to supervise the PA. PAs may be licensed by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine, or the Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure.

Physician Assistant Rule

Board rule Chapter 2 is a joint rule with the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and pertains to the licensure, registration, scope of practice, supervision, notification, and continuing education requirements for PAs who are supervised by either an allopathic or osteopathic physician. Any PA licensed and registered in Maine and rendering medical services under the supervision of a Maine-licensed physician must be familiar with these rules. A copy can be downloaded from the Board's website at: http://www.maine.gov/md/laws-statutes/rules-statutes.html.

Online Jurisprudence Exam

PAs applying for a license to render medical services in Maine must successfully complete an online jurisprudence examination pertaining to the Board?s laws and rules. The Board has created an online study guide, which PAs are encouraged to download and review prior to taking the jurisprudence examination. The study guide is available on the Board?s website at: http://www.maine.gov/md/licensure/docs/Exam%20Study%20Guide%2007_08_15.pdf. The study guide and jurisprudence examination are available on the Board's website at: https://www1.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/licensing/begin.pl?board number=376. The exam must be taken every four years.

Renewal Information

PA licenses must be renewed every two years.
PA registrations (for those PAs who are rendering medical services) must also be renewed every two years.
Licensees born in even-numbered years must renew their licenses by the last day of their birth month every even-numbered year.
Licensees born in odd-numbered years must renew their licenses by the last day of their birth month every odd-numbered year.

The Fee Schedule is as follows:

Category Current Fee Effective
7/18/2016
PA Initial License Application $200
PA Renewal - biennial $200
PA Registration $50
PA re-registration within 1 yr of initial registration $25
PA multiple registration at renewal (not to exceed $250 total per registration period) $50 each registration
Renewal of Primary Supervising Physician relationship at license renewal time $50
PA Reinstatement after License Lapse $400
PA Reinstatement after License Withdrawal $200