Generally, the physician assistant scope of practice in California is more restrictive for PAs than in other states. The state dictates the majority of scope requirements, which does not allow the PA to practice independently.
To provide you with as much information as possible, below you will find the Key Elements for PA practice of the AAPA as well as other California specific scope of practice information for PAs.
Yes, you must have an active license in the state of California in order to practice as a PA. If you do not have a California license, it is possible to obtain one within, on average, 12-16 weeks. Here at Barton Associates, we have a dedicated licensing team that will assist you through the process.
Yes, a physician assistant may prescribe schedule II-V controlled medications such as oxycodone, fentanyl, and hydromorphone, as well as all non-controlled medication.
Yes, the facility will approve a PA’s scope of practice in the facility based on criteria including, but not limited to, the PA’s experience, education, and physician delegation.
Yes, physician collaboration is required for all PAs to ensure all members of the healthcare team are performing duties they are licensed and authorized to do.
California does not require on-site or in-person physician oversight for surgical procedures that require something other than local anesthesia.
Although there are no requirements for in-person supervision, there are required meetings for medical records. This meeting will go over 10 records per month for 10 months per year or five percent within 30 days of employment. If the patient receives schedule II prescription, this requirement is changed to 20 percent of the medical records within seven days.
Cosigning charts was originally implemented for physicians to demonstrate they were observing PA practice.
Across the country, this requirement is decided either by the state or by the individual healthcare facility. In California, it is at the discretion of the state, meaning all charts must be cosigned by the attending physician.
No. California physicians may practice with up to four PAs at one time.
This limitation is not uncommon, as there are only 12 states that do not limit the amount of PAs with which a physician may practice.
While this does limit the number of PAs that can work in one facility, it does ensure physicians can dedicate appropriate amounts of time to each PA under his/her supervision.