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Assistant Physician Licensure

In 2014, a new classification of licensure for physicians was created with the passage of Senate Bills 716 and 754. This legislation established licensure for assistant physicians. An assistant physician, as defined by Missouri law, is an individual who is a resident and citizen of the United States or is a legal resident alien who has not completed an approved postgraduate residency, has successfully completed Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination or the equivalent and is proficient in the English language.

The Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts has posted the DRAFT Assistant Physician rules online. The Board would like to seek public opinion prior to officially filing the rules with the Secretary of State's Office and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

Comments can be submitted to or mailed to the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, Attn: Assistant Physician Rules, PO Box 4, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or sent via fax at (573) 751-3166. Comments received will be reviewed by the Board at their July 23-24, 2015 meeting; therefore your comments should be submitted by July 10, 2015.

The rule promulgation process is lengthy as represented on the Rulemaking Flow Sheet. We have highlighted the flow sheet to represent where we are in the process. At this time, we are unable to estimate the effective date of the rule, however, we will continue to update the website as information becomes available. For full text of the bills, please click the links below:


The Supreme Court of Missouri ruled in Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Inc. v. State Bd. of Registration for Healing Arts, 343 S.W.3d 348 (Mo. 2011) that a state agency cannot make a statement of general applicability, including answering general questions or interpreting or clarifying statutes, without going through a formal rulemaking process.

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