Physician assistants are nationally certified and state-licensed medical professionals, and practice on health care teams with physicians and other providers. They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses and provide treatment.
The links to the right lead to maps showing a comparison of all states and territories for the following three policy areas:
1) supervision requirements
2) prescriptive authority
3) scope of practice determination
Choose a tab to explore different options. For more detailed information, please click on a state or territory.
Scope of practice determination refers to whether a physician assistant’s scope of practice is determined at the practice level between the physician assistant and the collaborating physician. In some states, the state medical board or state law determines a physician assistant’s scope of practice.