Important Information About Physician Assistant Prescriptive Authority
When your Physician Assistant license is issued, you will automatically receive prescriptive authority for non-controlled substances.
Prescriptive Authority enables you to prescribe non-controlled substances under the collaboration of a licensed physician in Delaware.
- Prescriptive authority alone does not confer the right to prescribe controlled substances in Delaware. To prescribe controlled substances, you also need a Controlled Substance Registration (CSR). See the Important information about Prescribing Controlled Substances section below.
- If you apply for your Physician Assistant license and CSR at the same time, the CSR application will be processed after your Physician Assistant license is approved. When your Delaware CSR is approved, you must then submit for a federal DEA registration for Delaware.
Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS
All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.
PRIOR TO APPLYING
In order to apply for a license or submit a service request, you must first have a DELPROS user account. To LOG IN or CREATE a DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services) user account:
- Go to: https://delpros.delaware.gov/OH_HomePage.
- Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
- If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
- If you already have a DELPROS user account, enter your email address and password on the right side for EXISTING USERS and click the LOGIN button.
DELPROS allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it later to finish the process. You only have six (6) months to submit your application once you begin.
- If you do not submit your application within six months of starting it, you will be required to restart the entire online application again.
You may check the status of your application online throughout the entire application process by using the “View Application Status” feature in DELPROS on your e-License dashboard.
KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND COLLECT YOUR DOCUMENTS
- Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
- Request and gather all documents required to upload on the Attachments page. All information and forms are located on your profession’s webpages.
ATTACHING AND ACKNOWLEDGING DOCUMENTS
On the ATTACHMENTS page of your application, you may be instructed to:
- either “attach” or “upload” the required document(s) directly to your application. This means you will find the document(s) saved on your computer or device and upload it to your application.
- click “acknowledge” . This means you will either mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” to mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
- Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, or license verifications from another state.
- Forms requiring a supervisor signature, seal, or notary may have to be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document.
Requirements for All Applications
In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:
- State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit the forms and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.
- Allow at least four weeks for the SBI to send criminal history records to the Board office.
- A new criminal background check is required even if the person recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.
- A self-query from the National Practitioner Data Banks (NPDB) website at www.npdb.hrsa.gov. The self-query report will be mailed to your address. When you receive the report, mail (do not fax) the original report to the Board office.
Requirement for FCVS Applicants
Delaware accepts the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). For more information, see http://www.fsmb.org/licensure/fcvs/.
In addition to submitting the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the previous section, in DELPROS, you must also submit:
- Your Physician Assistant Information Profile from FCVS.
Requirements for Non-FCVS Applicants
In addition to submitting the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the Requirements for All Applicants section, in DELPROS, you must also submit:
Continuing Medical Education Requirement
Submit proof of 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) when…
- you hold a current Physician Assistant license in another jurisdiction or you are reapplying for Delaware Physician Assistant licensure that expired, AND
- your CME within the past two years is current.
The CME must consist of 50 hours of AMA Category I CME (Section 13.2.2 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations).
The temporary permit allows you to practice until you have passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and your permanent license is issued. You may be granted a temporary license if you have:
- graduated from an accredited PA program and otherwise meet all the licensure requirements except for passing the PANCE, and
- registered to take the next available PANCE.
The temporary license remains valid until the examination results are available. If you fail the PANCE, the temporary license immediately becomes null and void and you must cease practicing as a PA.
To apply for a temporary permit, submit the fee for Physician Assistant Temporary Permit in DELPROS.
Important Information about Prescribing Controlled Substances
To prescribe controlled substances in Delaware, you must have:
- at least one collaborating physician for each location where you practice in Delaware
- Delaware CSR
- Federal DEA registration for Delaware (a DEA registration in another jurisdiction is not sufficient)
If you practice at more than one location, you need only a single CSR to prescribe at all of the locations. However, every Delaware location where controlled substances are dispensed/stored must be covered by a CSR.
If no other practitioner (i.e., physician, PA, or APRN) holds a Delaware CSR for a location where you will store/dispense, as well as prescribe controlled substances, you must submit an additional CSR application for the location.
To apply for a CSR(s), see Controlled Substances Registration – Physician Assistants. For Federal DEA registration, see DEA New Registration Applications.