Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-10-.05 - PROCEDURES FOR LICENSURE

To become licensed as an orthopedic physician assistant in Tennessee, a person must comply with the following procedures and requirements:

(1) An application packet shall be requested from the Committee's administrative office.
(2) An applicant shall respond truthfully and completely to every question or request for information contained in the application form and submit it along with all documentation and fees required by the form and rules to the Committee's Administrative Office. It is the intent of this rule that activities necessary to accomplish the filing of the required documentation be completed prior to filing an application and that all documentation be filed simultaneously.
(3) An applicant shall submit with his application a signed and notarized passport type photograph taken within the preceding 12 months and the photo must be affixed to the proper page of the application.
(4) It is the applicant's responsibility to request that a graduate transcript, from an orthopedic physician assistant education program approved by the Committee and Board, be submitted directly from the program to the Committee's Administrative Office. The transcript must show that graduation has been completed and carry the official seal of the institution.
(5) An applicant shall submit evidence of good moral character. Such evidence shall be two recent (within the preceding 12 months) original letters from medical professionals, attesting to the applicant's personal character and professional ethics on the signator's letterhead.
(6) If the applicant intends to immediately commence practice upon licensure he or she must designate a primary supervising orthopedic physician and shall submit directly to the Committee's Administrative Office a letter attesting to the status. Any change in the primary supervising orthopedic physician must be reported in the same manner by the orthopedic physician assistant.
(7) An applicant shall disclose the circumstances surrounding any of the following:
(a) Conviction of any criminal law violation of any country, state or municipality, except minor traffic violations.
(b) The denial of professional licensure/certification application by any other state or the discipline of licensure/certification in any state.
(c) Loss or restriction of licensure/certification.
(d) Any civil suit judgment or civil suit settlement in which the applicant was a party defendant including, without limitation, actions involving malpractice, breach of contract, antitrust activity or any other civil action remedy recognized under the country's or state's statutory common or case law.
(e) Failure of any licensure or certification examination.
(8) An applicant shall cause to be submitted to the Committee's administrative office directly from the vendor identified in the Committee's licensure application materials, the result of a criminal background check.
(9) If an applicant holds or has ever held a license/certificate to practice any profession in any other state, the applicant shall cause to be submitted the equivalent of a Tennessee Certificate of Endorsement (verification of licensure/certification) from each such licensing board which indicates the applicant holds or held an active license/certificate and whether it is in good standing presently or was at the time it became inactive.
(10) An applicant shall submit the Application Fee and State Regulatory Fee as provided in Rule 0880-10-.06.
(11) All applicants shall cause to be submitted documentation of successful completion of the examination for licensure as governed by Rule 0880-10-.08 once the exam has been successfully completed. This verification must be submitted by the examining agency directly to the Committee's Administrative Office.
(12) When necessary, all required documents shall be translated into English and such translation and original document certified as to authenticity by the issuing source. Both versions must be submitted.
(13) Personal resumes are not acceptable and will not be reviewed.
(14) Application review and licensure decisions shall be governed by rule 0880-10-.07.
(15) All documents submitted for qualification of licensure become the property of the State of Tennessee and will not be returned.
(16) The application form is not acceptable if any portion has been executed and dated prior to one year before filing with the Committee. As used in this part, application means the application form approved by the Committee and shall include, as appropriate:
(a) Attached current, notarized passport photograph;
(b) Official college transcript from an orthopedic physician assistant training program;
(c) Verification of N.B.C.O.P.A. exam;
(d) Two (2) original letters of professional recommendation;
(e) Result of a criminal background check;
(f) Certificate of completion or Diploma from an approved orthopedic physician assistant program; and
(g) Certification/licensure from other state boards.
(17) All applications shall be sworn to and signed by the applicant and notarized.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-10-.05
Original Rule filed July 10, 1997; effective September 23, 1997. Amendment filed June 10, 1998; effective October 28, 1998. Amendment filed June 25, 1998; effective October 30, 1998. Amendments filed March 17, 2006; effective May 31, 2006.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-6-101, 63-6-214, 63-19-104, 63-19-201, 63-19-202, 63-19-203, and 63-19-204.

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