Physician Assistant Studies Licensure

Welcome to the MCPHS resource for physician assistant licensure.

It is important to remember that licensure differs by jurisdiction; all 50 states and the District of Columbia each have a separate and distinct Board of Physician Assistants.

If you have any questions left unanswered by this website, please contact the Registrar’s Office at the MCPHS University (617.732.2855 or e-mail


A Licensure Application Preparation session is offered to students in the last year of the Physician Assistant program to prepare candidates for the application process.

The University certifies candidates to sit for the national qualifying examination for the profession prior to graduation. Candidates for licensure must then apply for licensure to the specific state board where they wish to practice and have their national test score sent to that board of licensure.

Massachusetts licensure application packets are available online in PDF form. New Hampshire application packets can be found online as well.

Application information for all jurisdictions can be found on the state board website. The NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants) maintains a list of all board websites.

Frequently Asked Questions

A student can verify their name by logging on to Self-Service and click on User Options from the left menu and then click User Profile. If the full name (not preferred) that appears in the system is not the same as the name you plan to use on your application, you must submit a Student Information Change form to the Registrar's Office either by mail (MCPHS; c/o Registrar's Office; 170 Longwood Ave; Boston, MA 02115) or in person. Please note that you must provide two forms of documentation supporting your name change, as listed on the Student Information Change form.

You may check the status of your form by logging on to Self-Service and clicking on Enrollment Verifications. A list of all pending requests will be shown – the date the Registrar received the request will be listed in the Requested column, and the date it was completed and sent out will be in the Produced column.

Please keep in mind that Self-Service access will expire 180 days after graduation from MCPHS.

Please access the transcript page on this website for transcript request instructions.
An information session for licensure is arranged by the PA department and held during class time. It is typically offered late in the Fall or early in the Spring semester of the final year in the Physician Assistant program.