R156. Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing.
R156-70a. Physician Assistant Practice Act Rule.
This rule is known as the "Physician Assistant Practice Act Rule."
In addition to the definitions in Title 58, Chapter 1, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Act, and Title 58, Chapter 70a, Physician Assistant Practice Act, the following rule definitions supplement the statutory definitions:
(1) "ACCME" means the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
(2) "CAQ" means a Certification for Added Qualification issued by the NCCPA.
(3) "CME" means continuing medical education.
(4) "NCCPA" means the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
(5) "PANCE" means the NCCPA's Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination.
(6) "PANRE" means the NCCPA's Physician Assistant National Recertifying Examination.
R156-70a-103. Authority - Purpose.
This rule is adopted by the Division under the authority of Subsection 58-1-106(1)(a) to enable the Division to administer Title 58, Chapter 70a, Physician Assistant Practice Act.
R156-70a-104. Organization - Relationship to Rule R156-1.
The organization of this rule and its relationship to Rule R156-1, General Rule of the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, is as described in Section R156-1-107.
R156-70a-302. Qualification for Licensure - Examination Requirements.
Under Subsection 58-70a-302(4), the examination requirement for licensure as a physician assistant is a passing score on:
(1) the PANCE; or
(2) the PANRE.
R156-70a-303. Renewal Cycle - Procedures.
(1) Under Subsection 58-1-308(1), the renewal date for the two-year renewal cycle for licensees under Title 58, Chapter 70a, Physician Assistant Practice Act, is established in Section R156-1-308a.
(2) Renewal procedures shall be in accordance with Sections R156-1-308b through R156-1-308l.
(3) Under Subsection 58-1-308(5)(a)(ii)(B), and subject to Subsection R156-1-308g(3)(b), an applicant whose license was active and in good standing at the time of expiration may apply for reinstatement between two years and five years after the date of expiration, as follows:
(a) submit a reinstatement application demonstrating compliance with the requirements and conditions of license renewal;
(b) pay the license renewal and reinstatement fees for the current licensure cycle;
(c) submit evidence that the applicant:
(i) has completed the qualified CME hours required for each preceding two-year licensure cycle in which the license was expired; or
(ii) has current NCCPA certification;
(d) for an applicant who seeks to practice in the mental health specialties outside of a collaborative agreement with a psychiatrist:
(i) submit evidence of a current CAQ in psychiatry; and
(ii) if required by the Division under Subsection 58-70a-501.2(5), collaborate for a specified duration with a physician who is board certified in psychiatry; and
(e) upon request:
(i) meet with the Board to evaluate the applicant's ability to safely and competently practice; and
(ii) comply with Division requirements as recommended by the Board, such as collaboration with or practice under the supervision of a physician or physician assistant for a specified duration.
R156-70a-304. Continuing Education.
(1) Under Subsection 58-70a-304(1)(b), the qualified CME requirements for a physician assistant are established in this section.
(2)(a) A physician assistant shall complete at least 40 CME hours during each two-year licensure cycle, that include:
(i) at least 34 CME hours in category 1 offerings as established by the ACCME;
(ii) under Subsection 58-70a-501.1(5), if the physician assistant specializes in mental health care, the CME required to maintain their CAQ in psychiatry; and
(iii) under Subsection 58-70a-303(4), if the physician assistant is a recommending medical provider, continuing education required under Section 26-61a-106.