Vol. 36 Iss. 1 - September 02, 2019

Chapter 50
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Board of Medicine is claiming an exemption from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act in accordance with § 2.2-4006 A 4 a of the Code of Virginia, which excludes regulations that are necessary to conform to changes in Virginia statutory law or the appropriation act where no agency discretion is involved. The Board of Medicine will receive, consider, and respond to petitions by any interested person at any time with respect to reconsideration or revision.

Title of Regulation: 18VAC85-50. Regulations Governing the Practice of Physician Assistants (amending 18VAC85-50-50).

Statutory Authority: § 54.1-2400 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: October 2, 2019.

Agency Contact: William L. Harp, M.D., Executive Director, Board of Medicine, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233, telephone (804) 367-4558, FAX (804) 527-4429, or email


In accordance with Chapter 338 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly, the amendments provide for licensure by endorsement for spouses of active duty members of the armed forces if they have current certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and hold a license in another state.

18VAC85-50-50. Licensure: entry requirements and application.

A. The applicant seeking licensure as a physician assistant shall submit:

1. A completed application and fee as prescribed by the board.

2. Documentation of successful completion of an educational program as prescribed in § 54.1-2951.1 of the Code of Virginia.

3. Documentation of passage of the certifying examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

4. Documentation that the applicant has not had a license or certification as a physician assistant suspended or revoked and is not the subject of any disciplinary proceedings in another jurisdiction.

B. The board may issue a license by endorsement to an applicant for licensure if the applicant (i) is the spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Commonwealth, (ii) holds current certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and (iii) holds a license as a physician assistant that is in good standing, or that is eligible for reinstatement if lapsed, under the laws of another state.

VA.R. Doc. No. R20-6084; Filed August 14, 2019, 8:51 a.m.