Relates to the educational requirements for special assistants and physician's assistants.
Ayes (59): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Bonacic, Breslin, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Farley, Flanagan, Foley, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Johnson O, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Padavan, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Schneiderman, Serrano, Seward, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Valesky, Volker, Winner, Young
Excused (3): Leibell, Morahan, Skelos
BILL NUMBER: S6958A
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the education law, in relation to the educational requirements for specialist assistants and physician assistants
PURPOSE OF BILL : To update law to reflect the current educational requirements for physician's assistants.
SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Section 1. Paragraphs (c), (d) and (e) of subdivision 1 of section 6541 of the education law, as amended by chapter 170 of the laws of 1992 are amended.
JUSTIFICATION : Physician assistants are educated in intensive medical programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). There are 22 accredited physician assistant ("PA") programs in New York State - all of which are bachelors degree programs, masters degree programs, or dual bachelors/masters degree programs.
Because of the close working relationship PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in a medical model designed to complement physician training. P A students are taught, as are medical students, to diagnose and treat medical problems. The education of PAs consists of, among other things, classroom and laboratory instruction in the medical and behavioral sciences (such as anatomy, pharmacology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and physical diagnosis), followed by clinical rotations in internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, and geriatric medicine.
While PAs have been practicing under New York law for well over 35 years, the law has failed to keep pace with the educational training requirements for physician assistants. Contrary to every PA training program in the State, current law requires that an individual seeking to qualify for registration as a physician assistant need only possess a high school diploma. This legislation collects this outdated discrepancy in the law and updates Section 6541 of the Education Law to reflect the minimum requirements of every physician assistant program in New York State. This legislation would apply only to new applications for registration as a physician assistant occurring on or after its effective date.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New bill.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately and shall apply to new applications for registration as a physician assistant occurring on and after such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6958--A IN SENATE March 1, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the educational requirements for specialist assistants and physician assistants THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraphs (c), (d) and (e) of subdivision 1 of section 6541 of the education law, as amended by chapter 179 of the laws of 1992, are amended to read as follows: (c) IN THE CASE OF AN APPLICANT FOR REGISTRATION AS A SPECIALIST ASSISTANT, has successfully completed a four-year course of study in a secondary school approved by the board of regents or has passed an equivalency test; (d) IN THE CASE OF AN APPLICANT FOR REGISTRATION AS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, HAS RECEIVED AN EDUCATION INCLUDING A BACHELOR'S OR EQUIV- ALENT DEGREE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMMISSIONER'S REGULATIONS; (E) has satisfactorily completed an approved program for the training of physician assistants or specialist assistants. The approved program for the training of physician assistants shall include not less than forty weeks of supervised clinical training and thirty-two credit hours of classroom work. APPLICANTS FOR REGISTRATION AS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT WHO HAVE COMPLETED AN APPROVED PROGRAM LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR EQUIVALENT IN PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE SATIS- FIED THIS PARAGRAPH. The commissioner is empowered to determine whether an applicant possesses equivalent education and training, such as expe- rience as a nurse or military corpsman, which may be accepted in lieu of all or part of an approved program; and
[(e)](F) in the case of an applicant for registration as a physician assistant, has obtained a passing score on an examination acceptable to the department. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to new applications for registration as a physician assistant occurring on and after such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD16153-02-0