The board may use a written examination prepared, administered
and scored by the national commission on certification of physician assistants
or its successor agency, or a written examination from other professional
testing services as approved by the board.
APPLICATION. An applicant for examination
for licensure as a physician assistant shall submit to the board:
An application on a form prescribed by
Note: An application form may be obtained upon
request to the Department of Safety and Professional Services office located at
1400 East Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 8935, Madison, Wisconsin
After July 1,
1993, proof of successful completion of an educational program, as defined in
(c) Proof of successful completion of the
national certifying examination.
(cm) Proof that the applicant is currently
certified by the national commission on certification of physician assistants
or its successor agency.
fee specified in s.
(e) An unmounted photograph,
approximately 8 by 12 cm., of the applicant taken no more than 60 days prior to
the date of application which has on the reverse side a statement of a notary
public that the photograph is a true likeness of the applicant.
EXAMINATIONS, PANEL REVIEW OF
(a) All applicants shall
complete the written examination under this section, and an open book
examination on statutes and rules governing the practice of physician
assistants in Wisconsin.
applicant may be required to complete an oral examination if the applicant:
1. Has a medical condition which in any way
impairs or limits the applicant's ability to practice as a physician assistant
with reasonable skill and safety.
2. Uses chemical substances so as to impair
in any way the applicant's ability to practice as a physician assistant with
reasonable skill and safety.
been disciplined or had certification denied by a licensing or regulatory
authority in Wisconsin or another jurisdiction.
4. Has been convicted of a crime, the
circumstances of which substantially relate to the practice of physician
5. Has not practiced as
a physician assistant for a period of 3 years prior to application, unless the
applicant has been graduated from an approved educational program for physician
assistants within that period.
Has been found to have been negligent in the practice as a physician assistant
or has been a party in a lawsuit in which it was alleged that the applicant has
been negligent in the practice of medicine.
7. Has been diagnosed with any condition that
may create a risk of harm to a patient or the public.
8. Has within the past 2 years engaged in the
illegal use of controlled substances.
9. Has been subject to adverse formal action
during the course of physician assistant education, postgraduate training,
hospital practice, or other physician assistant employment.
(c) An application filed under
this chapter shall be reviewed by an application review panel of at least 2
council members designated by the chairperson of the board to determine whether
an applicant is required to complete an oral examination or a personal
appearance or both under par. (b). If the application review panel is not able
to reach unanimous agreement on whether an applicant is eligible for licensure
without completing an oral examination or a personal appearance or both, the
application shall be referred to the board for a final determination.
(d) Where both written and oral examinations
are required they shall be scored separately and the applicant shall achieve a
passing grade on both examinations to qualify for a license.
(e) The board may require an applicant to
complete a personal appearance for purposes of interview or review of
credentials or both. An applicant's performance at a personal appearance is
satisfactory if the applicant establishes to the board's satisfaction that the
applicant has met requirements for licensure and is minimally competent to
practice as a physician assistant.
EXAMINATION FAILURE. An applicant who
fails to receive a passing score on an examination may reapply by payment of
the fee specified in sub. (1) (d). An applicant may reapply twice at not less
than 4-month intervals. If an applicant fails the examination 3 times, he or
she may not be admitted to an examination unless the applicant submits proof of
having completed further professional training or education as the board may
Note: There is no provision for waiver of
examination nor reciprocity under rules in s. Med 8.05.
(4) LICENSURE; RENEWAL. At the time of
licensure and each biennial registration of licensure thereafter, a physician
assistant shall list with the board the name and address of the supervising
physician or podiatrist and shall notify the board within 20 days of any change
of a supervising physician or podiatrist.
Wis. Admin. Code Medical Examining Board § Med 8.05
Cr. Register, July, 1984,
No. 343, eff. 8-1-84; am. (intro.), r. and recr. (2), Register, October, 1989,
No. 406, eff. 11-1-89; am. (1) (b), cr. (1) (cm), Register, July, 1993, No.
451, eff. 8-1-93; am. (intro.), (1) (intro), (cm), (2) (b) 4., 5., 6., (c) and
(4), Register, October, 1996, No. 490, eff. 11-1-96; am. (2) (a), (b) (intro.)
and 3. to 5., r. and recr. (2) (b) 1. and 2., cr. (2) (b) 7. to 11., Register,
February, 1997, No. 494, eff. 3-1-97; am. (intro.), (1) (intro.) and (cm), (2)
(b) 5., (c), (d) and (4), r. (2) (b) 10. and 11., Register, December, 1999, No.
528, eff. 1-1-00; CR 12-005: am. (2) (b) 7., (c), cr. (2) (e) Register February
2014 No. 698, eff. 3-1-14.
Amended by, Cr.
2017 Wis. Act 227: am. (4)
April 2018 No. 748, eff.