Graduates of the program may apply for licensure after successful completion of the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE), administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Passing the PANCE and obtaining NCCPA certification enables the PA to seek employment in other states, thus providing geographic mobility. Only students who have graduated from programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) may be eligible to participate in the PANCE. Per state regulations, licensed PAs may apply for a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) number.
To maintain NCCPA Certification (PA-C), physician assistants must complete an on-going 10-year process that involves logging of CMEs (Continuing Medical Education) credits, completion of re-registration materials, and a Physician Assistant Recertification Examination (PANRE).
Licensing requirements vary from state to state. You should contact the specific state certifying administration to apply for licensing.