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Questions Frequently Asked About PMA Licensing
Simply stated, the PMA’s mission is to promote lifelong health and well-being of American citizens and other people worldwide. In this context, the PMA is committed to contributing meaningfully in efforts to reverse the epidemic of chronic illness we are facing.
To these ends, the most fundamental purpose and inherent part of our mission is to (a) restore and protect Pastoral Science & Medicine and its fundamental ecclesiastical safe and natural healthcare principles and practices, (b) assure that biblically-sound natural health services are offered professionally and ethically for protection and benefit of the general public, (c) protect and advance the rights of healthcare practitioners who wish to offer these services, and (d) assure access to such services for all those seeking them. Click here to see our PMA Constitution
The PMA license provides healthcare practitioners who wish to offer Pastoral Science & Medicine services to their clients and public the ecclesiastical authority to do so.
State licensing boards are charged with protecting the general public through establishing standards for the practice of conventional healthcare and, accordingly, issuing licenses and regulating providers.
PMA issues licenses for the practice of Pastoral Science & Medicine for the same general purpose. The difference, however, is that establishing reasonable standards and regulating healthcare practitioners who offer natural and spiritually-based Pastoral Science & Medicine protocols and services are outside the jurisdiction of secular regulatory boards.
While no licensing agency can guarantee the suitability of any healthcare provider or service for any individual, requiring practitioners of Pastoral Science & Medicine to pass the PMA license process and adhere to PMA’s scope of license, standards of care and other licensing rules in providing services to their clients, as well as establishing an ecclesiastical process to resolve disputes, provides protections for the public similar to secular governmental licensing.
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Yes. As long as the licensee meet PMA standards, the PMA license operates equally for the benefit of healthcare providers who may be lawfully practicing without licenses in some jurisdictions as well as those who practice under various state licenses.
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Practitioners licensed by the PMA (never the PMA license itself) have been challenged for different reasons in the U.S. by various state licensing boards. However, those challenges have been directed at specific practitioner activities (primarily advertising, etc.), and not at the PMA license per se.
Importantly, no practitioner operating within the confines of PMA license and regulations has ever lost the right to offer PMA services, here in the U.S. or anywhere in the world!
Throughout history, the Christian church has played a significant role in healthcare. In fact, the bible is clear on the role of the church in health. Unfortunately, over the past 100+ years, churches have largely abandoned efforts to address the physical and mental health of their followers and have focused solely on spiritual well-being.
This abandonment and resulting takeover of healthcare by conventional medicine has resulted in a widespread misconception that all healthcare falls within the domain of conventional medicine. However, the inherent rights of ecclesiastical entities to address and promote biblically-based health concepts and services have not changed, and these rights remain constitutionally guaranteed in the U.S. and many other countries.
This misconception has also ironically led to the perception that the PMA is “breaking new ground” in supporting the practice of medicine based on biblical principles and teachings; while, in truth, the PMA has merely picked up and reestablished an important element that has been forgotten in many church settings.
Because the public has forgotten the ecclesiastical responsibility for healthcare, providing such services may be challenged by secular regulatory agencies. Fortunately, however, in the U.S. the right to individuals to practice spiritual-based natural healthcare is highly respected, and it would be necessary to overturn a century of Supreme Court precedence to successfully impede the sharing of ecclesiastical health concepts.
The PMA license is completely separate from any state license you may hold. It stands on its own. The PMA license and your state license have separate scopes of practice.
The PMA license authorizes offering ecclesiastical-based Pastoral Science and Medicine health and wellness services, according to PMA regulations. It in no way affects, by either prohibiting or extending, any healthcare service you may be authorized to provide under any state license.
This said, you may be able to lawfully provide healthcare services under your PMA license, which you may not be authorized to provide under a state license. This depends entirely upon what specific service you are offering, what state license you hold, and in what jurisdiction you are practicing. Also, this presumes you are appropriately separating your PMA licensed practice from your state licensed practice, pursuant to PMA licensing regulations.
There is no guarantee as to what your state licensing board may do or try to do.
However, according to the U.S. Constitution and overwhelming U.S. Supreme Court precedence, individuals have certain guaranteed rights, and among those are (a) the right to work (and have as many occupations as they desire) and (b) to the right to hold and pursue the religious beliefs of their choice. These rights may only be impinged in specific circumstances, and offering ecclesiastical-based health and wellness services is not one of those.
When PMA license rules are followed, including separation of PMA services from any state licensed services; the PMA license has no effect on any state license and state license has no effect on PMA license. If you are in good standing and following PMA regulations, PMA’s legal team will defend any action a state licensing board may initiate claiming that your PMA license is invalid and/or that you are not allowed to practice biblically-sound Pastoral Science & Medicine.
The PMA license process is a comprehensive process and multiple factors are evaluated. The staff time required, as well as the actual cost to complete the practitioner profile and background investigation, vary with each practitioner. Therefore, the cost of processing license applications varies as well.
The application fee and annual license fee are evaluated and determined based on the above variables as you proceed through the licensing process. Please note, however, the PMA has a flexible “no practitioner left behind” program to assure that every qualifying practitioner can afford a PMA license.
Additional information is available from a PMA license representative.