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March 26, 2020


Guidance Related to Governor Reynolds Proclamations and COVID-19 

Guidance on License Renewals and Continuing Education Requirements


In light of the current Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Iowa Board of Physician Assistants is notifying its licensees and the public of its efforts to facilitate expedited licensure of physician assistants. 


On March 22, 2020, Governor Reynolds issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which provided additional regulatory relief for licensed healthcare professions, including physician assistants.  Section Three of the proclamation directed certain health professions boards, including the Board of Physician Assistants, to promulgate guidance to its licensees regarding how to obtain initial licensure during this public health disaster emergency.


The Board’s administrative rules permit graduates of approved programs for the education of physician assistants who have not yet taken the NCCPA certification examination to receive temporary licenses.  Board rule 645-326.3 establishes a procedure for applying for a temporary license while awaiting the opportunity to sit for the NCCPA examination.  PA students who will graduate in the spring of 2020, or students who have already graduated and have not been able to take the NCCPA examination, are strongly encouraged to submit applications for temporary licensure pursuant to rule 326.3.  Applications can be found on the Board’s website, and Board staff will make every effort to expedite review of new applications for temporary PA licenses.


The Board’s administrative rules also permit an individual who is currently licensed as a physician assistant under the laws of another state to receive Iowa licenses by endorsement.  Board rule 645-326.4 establishes a procedure for applying for an Iowa license based on an existing PA license in another jurisdiction.  PAs who are licensed in another state and whose licenses are in good standing are strongly encouraged to submit applications for licensure by endorsement pursuant to rule 326.4.  Applications can be found on the Board’s website, and Board staff will make every effort to expedite review of new applications for licensure by endorsement. 


Due to the urgent need to license qualified PAs, applications that do not contain the identity of the applicant’s supervising physician will still be processed, and the Board will not seek confirmation of supervising-physician information until after the Governor has terminated the state of public health disaster emergency. 


The COVID-19 pandemic presents an extraordinary challenge for Iowa’s healthcare providers.  The Board will continue to monitor the crisis and will provide additional guidance as needed.  Licensees and graduates are encouraged to contact the Board if they have any questions or concerns about licensing during this public health emergency.

Noticed Administrative Rules

Board of Physican Assistants

The Iowa Board of Physician Assistants evaluates the qualifications of applicants for licensure and grants licenses to those who qualify.

The Board establishes rules and regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of licensed Physician Assistants and investigates complaints for unprofessional conduct.

The Board is the link between the consumer and the licensed Physician Assistant and, as such, promotes the public health, welfare and safety.

Licensees are responsible for meeting all licensure requirements and should review the rules carefully and frequently. Select Laws and Rule listed on the left and scroll through the Rules for detailed information about Licensure Definitions, Licensure Renewal, Reactivation and other important content specific to this profession.

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Online Services Web Site

You may access the online services web site by clicking https://IBPLicense.iowa.gov/

The web site will allow individuals to complete the following tasks:

  • Apply for initial licensure
  • Renew your license
  • Reactivate your license
  • Request a license verification
  • Change your name/address
  • Attach documents to your license
  • File a complaint
  • List of licensees

Contact Information & Office Hours


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Contact Information & Office Hours

Bureau of Professional Licensure
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319


Phone: (515) 281-0254

Fax: (515) 281-3121

Bureau Website: https://idph.iowa.gov/licensure

Online Licensure Services: https://ibplicense.iowa.gov

Email: PLPublic@idph.iowa.gov


Office Hours:

8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays