As an update to our members working in New York:
The licensing of PAs in NY is a complex process and has evolved over many years. A state committee has been established that includes three AAPA members: Kathleen Bykowicz, PA(ASCP)CM, Charles Fernandez-Perez, PA(ASCP)CM, and Lysette Seegobin, PA(ASCP)CM. The committee also includes a pathologist and public representative. In conjunction with The NY State Office of Professions, the Education Department, the Clinical Laboratory Evaluation program, the state committee, and some pathologists’ assistants working in NY, we know the following:
The Grandfather Licensure Pathway is available until November 2019, and it is the only pathway available. This Grandfather pathway requires a fee and forms to be filled out by the applicant and requires signature by a New York state licensed pathologist. After Nov. 2019, applicants for PA licensure will need to meet the testing and education requirements set forth in Article 168 (see links below). All AAPA members working in NY are encouraged to apply for a license during the grandfathering period.
Because the limited histology license will expire in November of 2019, many laboratorians practicing as biopsy/processing/grossing techs are having this paperwork signed and applying for grandfathering to be licensed in NY as PathA (PA). Concerns have been raised regarding this practice, and the NY state committee is well aware of it. Many biopsy/processing/grossing techs may currently have a license as a histotechnician or medical laboratory technician and should therefore be unaffected by this licensure.
As noted above, the grandfather pathway will expire in November of 2019, and only pathologists' assistants who “obtain a passing score on an examination acceptable to the Department of Education” (according to article 168 and likely to refer to the ASCP certification examination) will qualify for a New York state PathA license. Again, we encourage all PAs working in NY or planning to do so in the future to apply for a NY license while the grandfather pathway is open until November 2019. It is important to recognize that the required grandfather period in this process of NY state licensure is short, and that the final outcome will be a New York state license for pathologists’ assistants.
Please refer to the links below regarding New York law, article 168.
Elizabeth Rizzo, PA(ASCP)CM
Legislative Adjunct to the Board of Trustees