Board of Physician Assistants


About the Board of Physicians Assistants

The Committee on Physician Assistants was originally created in 1985 by the legislature for the purpose of assisting the Board of Medical Examiners in issuing licenses to qualified physician assistants. In 2021, the legislature transitioned the Committee into an independent board. The Board of Physician Assistants is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring all that practice as physician assistants are qualified. The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct.

The Board is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. The Board determines the appropriate standard of care, investigates alleged violations of law and rules, and disciplines licensees who are found guilty of such violations.

Administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Board by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Licenses are awarded in the following categories:

  • Physician Assistant
  • Orthopedic Physician Assistant

Renewal notices are mailed from the Board's administrative office sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the license to the licensee holder's current address on record. Licenses can be renewed on-line sixty (60) days prior to expiration at Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information. It is a violation of the law and of the board’s rules to practice on an expired license. An individual licensed, registered, or certified as a physician assistant in another state may be licensed in Tennessee by either examination or reciprocity from other states.

The Board currently meets four (4) times each year. The meetings are open to the public. All members are appointed by the Governor and serve four (4) year terms. The nine (9) member Board consists of seven (7) physician assistants, one (1) physician and one (1) health care consumer.

Contact the Board of Physicians Assistants

To contact this board, call (615) 532-4384 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243