2006 Regular Session
To: Public Health and Human Services
By: Representative Holland
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 73-26-3, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT APPLICANTS FOR A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT LICENSE WHO MEET ALL LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS EXCEPT FOR HAVING A MASTER'S DEGREE MAY BE GRANTED A TEMPORARY LICENSE IF THEY CAN SHOW PROOF OF ENROLLMENT IN A MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM THAT WILL, WHEN COMPLETED, MEET THE MASTER'S DEGREE REQUIREMENT; TO PROVIDE THAT THE TEMPORARY LICENSE SHALL BE VALID FOR NOT MORE THAN ONE YEAR, AND MAY NOT BE RENEWED; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 73-26-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
73-26-3. (1) The State Board of Medical Licensure shall license and regulate the practice of physician assistants in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(2) All physician assistants who are employed as physician assistants by a Department of Veterans Affairs health care facility, a branch of the United States military or the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and who are practicing as physician assistants in a federal facility in Mississippi on July 1, 2000, and those physician assistants who trained in a Mississippi physician assistant program and have been continuously practicing as a physician assistant in Mississippi since 1976, shall be eligible for licensure if they submit an application for licensure to the board by December 31, 2000. Physician assistants licensed under this subsection will be eligible for license renewal so long as they meet standard renewal requirements.
(3) Before December 31, 2004, applicants for physician assistant licensure, except those licensed under subsection (2) of this section, must be graduates of physician assistant educational programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs or its predecessor or successor agency, have passed the certification examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), have current NCCPA certification, and possess a minimum of a baccalaureate degree. Physician assistants meeting these licensure requirements will be eligible for license renewal so long as they meet standard renewal requirements.
(4) On or after December 31, 2004, applicants for physician assistant licensure must meet all of the requirements in subsection (3) of this section and, in addition, must have obtained a minimum of a master's degree in a health-related or science field.
(5) Applicants for licensure who meet all licensure requirements except for the master's degree may be granted a temporary license by the board if they can show proof of enrollment in a master's degree program that will, when completed, meet the master's degree requirement. The temporary license shall be valid for not more than one (1) year, and may not be renewed. This subsection shall stand repealed on July 1, 2010.
(6) For new graduate physician assistants and all physician assistants receiving initial licenses in the state, except those licensed under subsection (2) of this section, supervision shall require the on-site presence of a supervising physician for one hundred twenty (120) days.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.