SB597 (2020) Detail

Relative to licensure of physician assistants.










AN ACT relative to licensure of physician assistants.


SPONSORS: Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Rep. Salloway, Straf. 5; Rep. Marsh, Carr. 8


COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration






This bill clarifies the licensure of physician assistants and provides for biennial renewal of physician assistant licenses.


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty


AN ACT relative to licensure of physician assistants.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  Physician Assistants; Licensure.  Amend RSA 328-D:2 to read as follows:

328-D:2  License Required.

I.  No person shall practice as [or hold himself out to be] a physician assistant [or use any letters designating himself as a physician assistant] in the state of New Hampshire unless he or she is licensed in accordance with this chapter.

II.  This section shall not be construed to prohibit students enrolled in physician assistant training programs approved by the board, from performing work incidental to their respective courses of study or supervised clinical work while under the supervision of a [physician] designated preceptor.

III.  The board shall license each applicant who satisfies the requirements under RSA 328-D:3.  Upon payment of a license fee, the board shall issue to such person a license, which shall be prima facie evidence of the right to practice as a physician assistant.  [A licensed physician assistant may use the letters "P.A." in connection with his name to denote his licensure under this chapter.]

2  Physician Assistants; License Renewal.  Amend RSA 328-D:5 to read as follows:

328-D:5  Renewal of Licenses.  Every person licensed to practice under this chapter shall apply to the board for [annual] biennial renewal of license on forms provided by the board and shall pay a renewal fee as established by the board.  Applications for renewal shall be filed no later than December 31 of [each] every other year and shall [include a photocopy] demonstrate proof of the applicant's current national certification [card].  A license issued under this chapter shall not expire until the board has taken final action upon the application for renewal.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.


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Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 19, 2020 Senate Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

SB597 Revision: 7842 Date: Jan. 6, 2020, 3:36 p.m.


Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 To Be Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 1
Feb. 19, 2020 Hearing: 02/19/2020, Room 101, LOB, 09:45 am; SC 6