Important Licensure Update for Initial Applicants: State Boards Will No Longer Accept Paper Applications

doctor-computer-typingThe Pennsylvania Department of State’s (DOS) Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs (BPOA) is transitioning to a completely paperless environment and a new online licensing system, the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS).

As of June 15, 2018, the State Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine will no longer accept paper initial applications for licensure with exception to the following licenses:   

  • State Board of Medicine: Institutional License
  • State Board of Medicine: Nurse-Midwife Prescriptive Authority
  • State Board of Medicine: Perfusionist
  • State Board of Medicine: Temporary Emergency Perfusionist
  • State Board of Medicine: Temporary Provisional Perfusionist
  • State Board of Osteopathic Medicine: Osteopathic Temporary Emergency Perfusionist
  • State Board of Osteopathic Medicine: Osteopathic Temporary Provisional Perfusionist
  • State Board of Osteopathic Medicine: Osteopathic Perfusionist

After June 15, the State Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine will only accept paper initial applications for licensure for the aforementioned licenses. All other initial applications must be completed through PALS.

Access this Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) article on PALS for additional information on the state’s new online system.

DOS to use Criminal History Records Check with Fee for Applicants

BPOA has notified the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) that it will be removing questions related to criminal history from licensure applications and will instead be using the Pennsylvania State Police’s Access to Criminal History (PATCH) system. 

Applicants will be asked to provide a recent criminal history records check (CHRC) from the State Police or other state agency for every state in which they have lived, worked, or completed professional training/studies for the past five years.  The report(s) must be dated within ninety-days of the date the application is submitted.  For individuals living, working, or completing training/studies outside of Pennsylvania during the past five years, in lieu of obtaining individual state background checks, applicants may elect to provide both a state CHRC from the state in which they currently reside, and a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Identity History Summary Check. 

BPOA has worked with the State Police to automate this process to minimize the impact on applicants, but there is a fee of $27 associated with the check that will be added to new license application fees.

This fee will only apply to new initial applications, not license renewals. BPOA has worked with the State Police to introduce processes that will make this background check fee unnecessary for renewals.

This new process and $27 fee will go into effect on June 2, 2018.

Additional Resources

To access PAMED CME and resources on licensure requirements, visit www.pamedsoc.org/CME.

PAMED members with questions can also contact our Knowledge Center at 855-PAMED4U (855-726-3348) or KnowledgeCenter@pamedsoc.org.  

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