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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )

CHAPTER 7.7. Physician Assistants [3500 - 3546]

  ( Heading of Chapter 7.7 amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 427, Sec. 5. )

ARTICLE 3. Certification and Approval [3513 - 3519.5]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 634. )

3513.
  

The board shall recognize the approval of training programs for physician assistants approved by a national accrediting organization. Physician assistant training programs accredited by a national accrediting agency approved by the board shall be deemed approved by the board under this section. If no national accrediting organization is approved by the board, the board may examine and pass upon the qualification of, and may issue certificates of approval for, programs for the education and training of physician assistants that meet board standards.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 42. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3514.1.
  

(a) The board shall formulate by regulation guidelines for the consideration of applications for licensure as a physician assistant.

(b) The board shall formulate by regulation guidelines for the approval of physician assistant training programs.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 43. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3516.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a physician assistant licensed by the board shall be eligible for employment or supervision by any physician and surgeon who is not subject to a disciplinary condition imposed by the Medical Board of California prohibiting that employment or supervision.

(b) No physician and surgeon shall supervise more than four physician assistants at any one time, except as provided in Section 3502.5.

(c) The Medical Board of California may restrict a physician and surgeon to supervising specific types of physician assistants including, but not limited to, restricting a physician and surgeon from supervising physician assistants outside of the field of specialty of the physician and surgeon.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 44. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3516.5.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law and in accordance with regulations established by the Medical Board of California, the director of emergency care services in a hospital with an approved program for the training of emergency care physician assistants, may apply to the Medical Board of California for authorization under which the director may grant approval for emergency care physicians on the staff of the hospital to supervise emergency care physician assistants.

(b) The application shall encompass all supervising physicians employed in that service.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize any one emergency care physician while on duty to supervise more than four physician assistants at any one time.

(d) A violation of this section by the director of emergency care services in a hospital with an approved program for the training of emergency care physician assistants constitutes unprofessional conduct within the meaning of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 2000).

(e) A violation of this section shall be grounds for suspension of the approval of the director or disciplinary action against the director or suspension of the approved program under Section 3527.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 45. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3517.
  

The board shall require a written examination of physician assistants in the manner and under the rules and regulations as it shall prescribe, but the examination shall be conducted in that manner as to ensure that the identity of each applicant taking the examination will be unknown to all of the examiners until all examination papers have been graded. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, or by regulation, no physician assistant applicant shall receive approval under this chapter without first successfully passing an examination given under the direction of the board.

Examinations for licensure as a physician assistant may be required by the board under a uniform examination system, and for that purpose the board may make those arrangements with organizations furnishing examination material as may, in its discretion, be desirable. The board shall, however, establish a passing score for each examination. The licensure examination for physician assistants shall be held by the board at least once a year with such additional examinations as the board deems necessary. The time and place of examination shall be fixed by the board.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 46. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3518.
  

The board shall keep current, two separate registers, one for approved supervising physicians and one for licensed physician assistants, by specialty if applicable. These registers shall show the name of each licensee, his or her last known address of record, and the date of his or her licensure or approval. Any interested person is entitled to obtain a copy of the register in accordance with the Information Practices Act of 1977 (Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 1798) of Title 1.8 of Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code) upon application to the board together with a sum as may be fixed by the board, which amount shall not exceed the cost of this list so furnished.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 47. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3518.1.
  

(a) The board shall collect, at least biennially, at the times of both issuing an initial license and issuing a renewal license, all of the following data on physician assistants licensed under this chapter:

(1) Location of practice, including city, county, and ZIP Code.

(2) Race or ethnicity, subject to subdivision (c).

(3) Gender.

(4) Languages spoken.

(5) Educational background.

(6) Classification of primary practice site among the types of practice sites specified by the board, including, but not limited to, clinic, hospital, managed care organization, or private practice.

(b) The board shall annually provide the data collected pursuant to subdivision (a) to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development in a manner directed by the office that allows for inclusion of the data into the annual report required by Section 128052 of the Health and Safety Code.

(c) A licensee may, but is not required to, report his or her race or ethnicity to the board.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 420, Sec. 4. (AB 2102) Effective January 1, 2015.)

3519.
  

The board shall issue under the name of the Medical Board of California a license to all physician assistant applicants who meet all of the following requirements:

(a) Provide evidence of successful completion of an approved program.

(b) Pass any examination required under Section 3517.

(c) Not be subject to denial of licensure under Division 1.5 (commencing with Section 475) or Section 3527.

(d) Pay all fees required under Section 3521.1.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 48. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

3519.5.
  

(a) The board may issue under the name of the Medical Board of California a probationary license to an applicant subject to terms and conditions, including, but not limited to, any of the following conditions of probation:

(1) Practice limited to a supervised, structured environment where the applicant’s activities shall be supervised by another physician assistant.

(2) Total or partial restrictions on issuing a drug order for controlled substances.

(3) Continuing medical or psychiatric treatment.

(4) Ongoing participation in a specified rehabilitation program.

(5) Enrollment and successful completion of a clinical training program.

(6) Abstention from the use of alcohol or drugs.

(7) Restrictions against engaging in certain types of medical services.

(8) Compliance with all provisions of this chapter.

(b) The board and the Medical Board of California may modify or terminate the terms and conditions imposed on the probationary license upon receipt of a petition from the licensee.

(c) Enforcement and monitoring of the probationary conditions shall be under the jurisdiction of the board and the Medical Board of California. These proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 49. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

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