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About the Committee on Physicians Assistants

The Committee on Physician Assistants was created in 1985 by the State Legislature. It is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring all that practice as physician assistants are qualified. The Committee, working with the Board of Medical Examiners, interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct.

The Committee is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. The Committee, along with the Board, determines the appropriate standard of care, investigates alleged violations of law and rules, and disciplines licensees who are found guilty of such violations.

Administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Committee by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Licenses are awarded in the following categories:

  • Physician Assistant
  • Orthopedic Physician Assistant

Renewal notices are mailed from the Committee's administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the licensee holder's current address on record. Licenses can be renewed on-line one hundred twenty (120) days prior to expiration at Tennessee.gov/health. Click on the "License Renewal" link and follow the prompts. Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information. It is a violation of the law and of the board’s rules to practice on an expired license. An individual licensed, registered, or certified as a physician assistant in another state may be licensed in Tennessee by either examination or reciprocity from other states.

The Committee currently meets four (4) times each year. A quorum of four (4) members is required to conduct business. The meetings are open to the public. All members are appointed by the Governor and serve four (4) year terms. The seven (7) member Committee consists of five (5) physician assistants, one (1) orthopedic physician assistant and one (1) health care consumer.

Contact the Committee on Physicians Assistants

To contact this board, call (615) 532-3202 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide or write
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243