(Acupuncture, Orthopedics, Radiology, or Urology)
A specialist assistant provides medical care under the supervision of a physician in one of the four following specialty areas: orthopedics, acupuncture, radiology, or urology.
Any use of the title "Registered Specialist Assistant" within New York State requires licensure.
- be of good moral character
- be at least 21 years of age
- meet education, examination, and experience requirements
The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 131-C, Section 6541, Education Law, and Part 60 of the Commissioner's Regulations.
Education and Examination Requirements:
You must have completed a course of study in a secondary school whose program is acceptable to the New York State Education Department or have passed an equivalency test, AND meet the requirements for the specialist assistant title for which you are applying:
Applicants must complete item 1 the Exam Requirement and either item 2, 3 (a. or b.) or 4.
- You must pass the National Board Certification Examination for Orthopedic Physician Assistants (NBCOPA) and have the Professional Testing Corporation send your exam results to the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions. Request an examination application handbook from:
Professional Testing Corporation
1350 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10018
or visit their web site: www.ptcny.com
Note: If you have not yet passed the exam, contact the Professional Testing Corporation before submitting your application and fee for licensure to determine your eligibility to sit for the exam.
- You must complete a program for the training of orthopedic assistants or the equivalent that is approved by the New York State Education Department;
- complete an educational training program through military experience leading to orthopedic specialist, orthopedic cast room technician or orthopedic clinic technician rating and complete two years of satisfactory experience as an orthopedic assistant working under the supervision of an orthopedic surgeon within the past five years, or
- complete medical corps school and five years of satisfactory experience as an orthopedic assistant working under the supervision of an orthopedic surgeon within the past eight years;
- Have completed an extensive health-oriented education and, within the past eight years, have completed five years of satisfactory experience as an orthopedic assistant working under the supervision of an orthopedic surgeon.
Applicants must complete either item 1, 2 or 3.
- You must complete a program for the training of urologic assistants approved by the New York State Education Department,
- You must complete an educational training program through military experience leading to urologic surgical technician or urological technician or clinical specialist rating. You must also complete two years of satisfactory experience as a urologic assistant working under the supervision of an urologic surgeon within the five years before New York State licensure;
- You must complete medical corps school and five years of satisfactory experience as a urologic assistant working under the supervision of a urologic surgeon within the eight years before New York State licensure.
Applicants must complete items 1 and 2.
- You must be licensed as a radiologic technologist by the New York State Department of Health;
- You must complete a program for the training of radiologic assistants approved by the New York State Education Department.
Infection Control and Barrier Precautions:
Every practicing specialist assistant must complete approved coursework or training appropriate to the professional's practice in infection control and barrier precautions, including engineering and work practice controls, to prevent the transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the course of professional practice.
Fees: (as of November 3, 2016)
The fee for licensure is $115.
Licenses Issued and Active:
In 2014, there were 7 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 4 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016, there were 114 active licenses for this occupation.
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 260 (voice)
Standard Occupational Classification:
29-1071 - Physician Assistants
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.
This page was last updated on 12/22/16.
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