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  1. Does anyone know specifically which licenses I will have to obtain once I finish PA school? I know I have to take the PANCE and figure I will have to get a DEA license to even be employable, but are there also other licenses too? Are the DEA licenses handled on a state-by-state basis by the board of medicine in my state? Thanks for all the info so far!
  2. Thank you so much for your help. I'm just trying to see if there is a way that I can explain the ticket without mentioning marijuana but also not explicitly lie on an application.
  3. So I am guessing that my summary offense for disorderly conduct would be considered a criminal, misdemeanor or felony charge? I certainly do not want to lie about this on an application because I know that will only make things worse. If I am upfront about it, would it ruin my chances of becoming licensed?
  4. Hi everyone, I am currently in my 3rd year of a 5-year BS/MS physician assistant program. I am doing well in my classes (3.882 GPA) and have completed all of my patient care and shadowing hours required to move on to the professional phase of the program. Unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago I received a disorderly conduct violation (not a misdemeanor, not a felony, just a summary offense). I had a lapse in judgement and was under the influence of marijuana when a friend was pulled over in his car. The officer said that he would let me off with a summary offense for disorderly conduct instead of something worse, and wrote on the ticket that I was creating "a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose". The ticket does not mention anything about marijuana or what specifically I was doing. I know that this does have the possibility of showing up on my criminal record. I am wondering what the impact of something like this would have on my chances of getting through rotations and getting licensed. I was told that a criminal background check may show my charge (disorderly conduct summary offense) but wouldn't show what I did to get charged. If that is the case and I was asked to explain my charge, how would the board or an employer actually know if I was telling the truth about what I did to receive my ticket? Looking for any advice/help! Thanks!
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