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PA Licensing for New Graduates

By Brittany Loukas and Noam Shabani

January 2018


  • The earliest you may take the boards is 7 days after your graduation
    • Your program will submit your graduation date information directly to the NCCPA, who will then contact you via email for test scheduling. This usually happens approximately 90 days prior to your graduation.
  • Results will be released within 2 weeks of your exam date. You will be notified via email when results are released. Scores are accessed by logging in to your NCCPA account.
    • While unofficial, most students find that they receive their scores on either the Monday or Thursday following their exam, around 9am EST.
State Licensure
  • You may begin your initial Massachusetts PA license application online through the Department of Health here. Cost is $225.
    • The DPH recommends applying online as it allows you to track the status of your application in real time, a feature you will not have if you choose to submit the paper application (available here). 
  • The following also need to be submitted in order for your application to be complete, even if you submit your application online. They may be mailed (or hand-delivered) to:

Board of Registration of Physician Assistants
239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02114

  1. Notarized CORI form
  2. Colored, passport sized photo
  3. Verification of your NCCPA certification (sent directly to the Board). This can only be done after you have passed the PANCE. 
  4. Official Transcript with degree listed (needs to be requested from your registrar).
  5. If you have ever held any type of professional license or certificate (in any state), you will need to request a National Practitioner Data Bank-Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Self-Query. 
    • Submit the original report in a signed and sealed envelope to the Board.
    • If you have never held a professional license, you will need to provide a signed statement attesting this. You can simply type a short statement, include your signature, and mail it to the Board. 
  • The information about your supervising physician is NOT required in your initial application. This form is required to be submitted within 30 days of starting a new position
  • Once all your items have been received by the Board, your application will undergo review, which takes 3-5 weeks. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
    • If you submitted your application online, your application status will update automatically when your license has been issued and will list your license number. NOTE: You will not receive an email notifying you that your application has been processed. 
    • Your license card will arrive via mail 7-10 days after your license has been issued. 
MA Controlled Substances Registration (CSR)
  • After you have received your PA license number, you may apply for the MA-CSR here.
  • Cost is $150.
  • This application requires: 
  1. Your MA PA license number only (you do not need a copy of your license). 
  2. Supervising physician's signature, his/her DEA and MA-CSR information, and copies of their MA-CSR/DEA paper registrations.
National Provider Identifier (NPI) 

This is required prior to applying for your DEA registration (below), and may be done at any time after passing your boards. There is no cost. 

DEA Registration

  • Once MA-CSR is approved, you may apply for DEA registration online.
  • Cost is $731.
  • Although the DEA website states that approval takes 4-6 weeks, your registration will typically arrive via mail within 2 weeks of your submission date.
  • Please note: You must have your state license and CSR before applying for DEA registration. If you apply without all of the necessary information, your application will be withdrawn and you will not receive a refund of your payment!