Physician Assistant- PA

PA Application

License Types

  • 50 - License to Practice only

    • No prescriptive authority

  • 50RX – License to Practice and Prescriptive Authority combined

    • RX Provisional certificate and full certificate no longer exist

    • Initial 500 hours of Rx authority requires onsite supervision of supervising physician



Physician Assistant Core Licensure Eligibility Requirements 



eLicense application portal:


Before Completing an Application

Applicants will be required to complete the application in its entirety and pay a non-refundable fee. Applicants will be required to upload any required documents as a result of an affirmative answer provided in the Questions portion of the application, license specific certifications and to have a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).

The application fee for initial licensure is $500.


Criminal Records Check

All applicants for licensure are required to complete an FBI and Ohio BCI criminal records check. Criminal Record Check fees are $24.00 (FBI) and $22.00 (Ohio BCI) plus vendor processing fees.

  • In-state applicants: You must use the services of a vendor that participates in "WebCheck." Click here for a list of vendors. The sheriff's offices in most of Ohio's 88 counties also participate in the "National WebCheck." Please allow at least two to four weeks for the Board to receive and process in-state background checks.

  • Out-of-state applicants: Request a fingerprint packet by emailing Please allow at least six to eight weeks for the Board to receive and process out-of-state background checks.

Please Note: Request that the results be sent directly to the State Medical Board of Ohio. The Medical Board will not accept results from the applicant or a third party.


Required Documents to Be Uploaded

  • Evidence of current certification with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). You will be asked to enter either your NCCPA ID or Social Security Number so this information can be obtained electronically from the NCCPA.

  • Education transcript from a program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

  • Verification of certificate, licensure or registration status that you hold with any other country, state or province.

    • Request license verifications from any state or jurisdiction where you currently hold or previously held a professional license. The State Medical Board of Ohio prefers verifications be delivered by email ( or fax (614.466.4331).

  • Documentation related to affirmative answers provided in the Questions portion of the application.  Examples of required documentation may include:

    • National Practitioners Data Bank Report (NPDB)

    • Documentation Related to action taken by another state or entity

    • Documentation Related to arrests/criminal actions


Documentation That Should Be Sent Directly to the Board

  • Verification of certificate, licensure, or registration status that you hold with any other country, state or province that were not uploaded as part of the application process.

  • Criminal Record Check (FBI & Ohio BCI) results.

  • The State Medical Board of Ohio prefers verifications be delivered by email ( or fax (614.466.4331).




After You Apply

Following submission of a completed application and payment you will receive a confirmation email. If you need to contact the Board, please email


License Restoration

An individual should apply for a restoration application if their license has been inactive for two years or more. A certificate may be restored upon an applicant's submission of a restoration application, the biennial registration fee ($200), applicable monetary penalty ($100) and submission of criminal background checks.  Please note: The Board may require additional training or examination, or both, of any applicant who for the two years or more immediately preceding the date of application has not been engaged in clinical practice. Log into the eLicense portal to restore a license. You also need to complete an employer recommendation form.


Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate Information

For questions concerning your Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Registration, please direct inquiries to:

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

431 Howard Street

Detroit, MI 48226

(313) 226-7524


Supervision Agreement Applications

Before initiating supervision of one or more physician assistants, a physician shall enter into a supervision agreement with each physician assistant who will be supervised.

The supervising physician shall submit a copy of each supervision agreement to the Board. A supervision agreement shall be kept in the records maintained by the supervising physician who entered into the agreement. The Board may review the supervision agreement at any time for compliance.

A supervision agreement becomes effective at the end of the fifth business day after the day the Board receives the agreement unless the Board notifies the supervising physician that the agreement fails to comply with Section 4731.19 of the Revised Code.


Helpful Links

Chapter 4730, Ohio Revised Code

Chapter 4730, Ohio Administrative Code

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Ohio Association of Physician Assistants

Physician Assistant Core Licensure Eligibility Requirements 

Physician Assistant Prescriptive Authority (Rx) Endorsement

Criminal Record Check (FBI and Ohio BCI) Information