Article 1 General Provisions 32-2501 – 32-2508
Article 2 Licensure 32-2521 – 32-2528
Article 3 Scope of Practice and Approval of Employment 32-2531 – 32-2535
Article 4 Regulation 32-2551 – 32-2558

Terms Used In Arizona Laws > Title 32 > Chapter 25 - Physician Assistants

  • Active license: means a regular license issued pursuant to this chapter. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Adequate records: means legible medical records containing, at a minimum, sufficient information to identify the patient, support the diagnosis, justify the treatment, accurately document the results, indicate advice and cautionary warnings provided to the patient and provide sufficient information for another practitioner to assume continuity of the patient's care at any point in the course of treatment. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Advisory letter: means a nondisciplinary letter to notify a physician assistant that either:

    (a) While there is insufficient evidence to support disciplinary action, the board believes that continuation of the activities that led to the investigation may result in further board action against the licensee. See Arizona Laws 32-2501

  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Board: means the Arizona regulatory board of physician assistants. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Completed application: means an application for which the applicant has supplied all required fees, information and correspondence requested by the board on forms and in a manner acceptable to the board. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • General plan: means a municipal statement of land development policies, that may include maps, charts, graphs and text that set forth objectives, principles and standards for local growth and redevelopment enacted under the provisions of this article or any prior statute. See Arizona Laws 9-461
  • Immediate family: means the spouse, natural or adopted children, father, mother, brothers and sisters of the physician assistant and the natural or adopted children, father, mother, brothers and sisters of the physician assistant's spouse. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Letter of reprimand: means a disciplinary letter that is issued by the board and that informs the physician assistant that the physician assistant's conduct violates state or federal law and may require the board to monitor the physician assistant. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Limit: means a nondisciplinary action that is taken by the board and that alters a physician assistant's practice or medical activities if there is evidence that the physician assistant is or may be mentally or physically unable to safely engage in health care tasks. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Medically incompetent: means that a physician assistant lacks sufficient medical knowledge or skills, or both, in performing delegated health care tasks to a degree likely to endanger the health or safety of patients. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • medication-assisted treatment: means the use of pharmacological medications that are approved by the United States food and drug administration, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. See Arizona Laws 32-3201.01
  • Minor: means a person under eighteen years of age. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Minor surgery: means those invasive procedures that may be delegated to a physician assistant by a supervising physician, that are consistent with the training and experience of the physician assistant, that are normally taught in courses of training approved by the board and that have been approved by the board as falling within a scope of practice of a physician assistant. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Moral turpitude: means an offense, whether a misdemeanor or felony, that is related to extortion, burglary, larceny, bribery, embezzlement, robbery, racketeering, money laundering, forgery, fraud, murder, voluntary manslaughter or a sexual offense that requires the individual to register pursuant to section 13-3821. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • municipality: means an incorporated city or town. See Arizona Laws 9-461
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Physician: means a physician who is licensed pursuant to chapter 13 or 17 of this title. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Physician assistant: means a person who is licensed pursuant to this chapter and who practices medicine with physician supervision. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Planning agency: means the official body designated by local ordinance to carry out the purposes of this article and may be a planning department, a planning commission, a hearing officer, the legislative body itself, or any combination thereof. See Arizona Laws 9-461
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
  • Regular license: means a valid and existing license that is issued pursuant to section 32-2521 to perform health care tasks. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Remand: When an appellate court sends a case back to a lower court for further proceedings.
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Restrict: means a disciplinary action that is taken by the board and that alters a physician assistant's practice or medical activities if there is evidence that the physician assistant is or may be medically incompetent or guilty of unprofessional conduct. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • sexual conduct: includes :

    (i) Engaging in or soliciting sexual relationships, whether consensual or nonconsensual. See Arizona Laws 32-2501

  • Specific plan: means a detailed element of the general plan enacted under the provisions of this article or a prior statute. See Arizona Laws 9-461
  • Street: means streets, highways, freeways, expressways, avenues, boulevards, parkways, roads, lanes, walks, alleys, viaducts, subways, tunnels, bridges, public access easements and rights-of-way. See Arizona Laws 9-461
  • Subdivision regulations: means a municipal ordinance regulating the design and improvement of subdivisions enacted under the provisions of article 6. See Arizona Laws 9-461
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Supervising physician: means a physician who holds a current unrestricted license, who supervises a physician assistant and who assumes legal responsibility for health care tasks performed by the physician assistant. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Supervision: means a physician's opportunity or ability to provide or exercise direction and control over the services of a physician assistant. See Arizona Laws 32-2501
  • Unprofessional conduct: includes the following acts by a physician assistant that occur in this state or elsewhere:

    (a) Violating any federal or state law or rule that applies to the performance of health care tasks as a physician assistant. See Arizona Laws 32-2501

  • Zoning ordinance: means a municipal ordinance regulating the use of land or structures, or both, under the provisions of this article. See Arizona Laws 9-461