American Academy of Physician Assistants

Planning a Break


It’s best to create an action plan before you take a break from practice. Your transition from and back to practice will be much smoother.

Check state laws

Some states require you or your supervising physician to notify the state board when your supervising physician-PA relationship ends. Also, see if your state lists reentry requirements so you can develop a plan for reentering practice.

Review our summary of state laws and regulations for PAs returning to practice to learn more about your state’s requirements.  

Notify prescribing authorities

If you prescribe, be sure to contact the state or Drug Enforcement Administration before you leave.  

Time the break

Many states place additional licensing requirements on PAs who have been out of practice for two or more years. Try to limit your break to 23 months and 27 days.

Stay clinically active

You can eliminate some barriers to practice reentry if you can stay clinically active while away. Maintain your NCCPA certification and keep up with your CMEs and journal reading.