CPSA’s role in Alberta’s healthcare system
CPSA is the regulator for physicians in Alberta. Much like it is a provincial registry’s role to make sure anyone with a driver’s licence is safe to be on the road, we issue practice permits to physicians, ensuring Alberta’s physicians are qualified to provide the best care possible to their patients.
CPSA has been around for over 100 years and through the many changes that come with time, our priority has remained the same: to protect Albertans by guiding the medical profession.
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FAQs from Albertans
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Are there registration fees for physician assistants (PAs)?
Yes, PAs will have to pay:
- A one-time registration fee of $400.00
- A practice permit annual fee of $537.50
*At its March 5, 2021 meeting, CPSA Council approved to waive both PA fees for 2021.
Do military physician assistants (PAs) have to register with CPSA?
If a PA in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is seeing civilian patients in Alberta, they must register with CPSA.
Do physician assistants (PAs) have to renew their registration every year?
Yes, PAs must renew their registration annually.
What type of education is needed to become a physician assistant (PA)?
PAs in Canada receive their medical education through university programs designed to meet competencies outlined by the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA). There are four PA education programs in Canada, and each program sets its own admission requirements.
- McMaster University Physician Assistant Education Program
- The Consortium of PA Education (University of Toronto, Northern Ontario School of Medicine and The Michener Institute for Education at UHN)
- Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre Program
- University of Manitoba Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Who do I speak with about concerns regarding care from a non-physician or facility?
For questions or concerns about care provided by non-physicians and/or standards of accommodation received by a patient in a hospital, nursing home, non-hospital surgical facility or community program administered by, or under contract to, Alberta Health Services or Covenant Health, contact the AHS Patient Relations Department or Covenant Health, depending on the facility. If the concern is regarding a privately owned facility, then please contact the management of the facility directly.
You may also contact the regulatory authority (e.g. Alberta College of Pharmacy for pharmacists) of an individual healthcare provider involved.
Have a concern with your physician?
Before you file a formal complaint:
- Did you talk to your physician?
- Did you talk to a responsible employee where you were treated?
- Did you take a look at our FAQs?
Safety is at the core of what we do.
Whether it’s verifying a physician’s qualifications, implementing clear practice standards, or providing education and support to physicians so they can improve the care they provide, everything we do is guided by our mandate to protect the public.
Albertans deserve high-quality health care and CPSA is here to make sure they get it.