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This is a public area therefore information is limited.  If you are interested in PMA license, much more information is available through a PMA license representative.

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Commonly Asked Questions about PMA License

Q. What is the purpose of the PMA?
A. Put very simply; the PMA's mission is to restore and protect the Almighty's safe natural health care concepts as the ecclesiastical pursuit it is, to assure bible based natural health services are offered professionally and ethically placing protection of our members and the general public foremost, to protect providers that wish to offer these services and to assure access for those seeking the Almighty's natural health care.  See our Constitution.

When was the PMA established?
A. The idea for the PMA came about in the 90's and original launch was early 2000's.  The the PMA has experienced unprecedented growth with membership encompassing all U.S. states, Canada and many other countries and as of 2013, we believe the PMA is the largest health membership of its type in the World.


Protecting the Almighty’s Health Care workers
is a concept whose time has clearly come!

Q. How large is the PMA?
A. Policy prevents the PMA from releasing exact membership numbers however we can affirm that the PMA family is many many thousands, growing at an average rate of over 3000 new members monthly.

Q. Why PMA License?
A. The PMA requires practitioners that wish to provide services to the PMA membership to hold PMA license, for the same reason that governments require practitioners to hold a license to offer services.  State boards are charged with protecting the general public through establishing standards for the practice of conventional health care and accordingly, issuing license and regulating providers.  Regulation of the Almighty's health care concepts is outside the jurisdiction of these secular regulatory boards, but no different than conventional health care in the respect that it is prudent that standards be established for the licensure and regulation of practitioners.  While no agency can guarantee the suitability of any provider for any individual, requiring providers that offer services to the PMA membership to pass the PMA license process, provides protection for our members and assures that the PMA can hold the provider accountable to license rules.  

Q. Is PMA license "recognized"?
A. Yes. Because of the nature of PMA license it has a very solid legal basis in all U.S. States and is also respected in a large number of other countries. The PMA is a well organized private ecclesiastical association operating in accordance with U.S. Constitutional provisions and overwhelming Supreme Court precedence.

Q.  Since PMA license is ecclesiastical (ministerial), are licensees eligible for tax exemptions?
A. PMA Constitutional Canon III prohibits licensees from using PMA license to seek any tax benefit.  The PMA was formed for the lofty purpose stated in our Constitution, not for any tax purpose, and no activity is permitted that may potentially discredit that mission.

Q. Will PMA license provide practice rights for both the natural health professional and state licensed provider?
A. Yes.  PMA license operates the same for unlicensed and state licensed providers that meet PMA standards.

Q.  What does the PMA Legal Department do?
A. The PMA legal department works to assure that the right to provide ecclesiastical health and wellness services is respected.  The PMA is also affiliated with the 
National Center for Life & Liberty (NCLL).  The NCLL attorney network stands ready to assist PMA licensees in protecting constitutional and religious freedoms.  NCLL assistance must be initiated through the PMA legal department.

Q. Has PMA license been "challenged" in U.S. states or other countries?
A. Throughout history the  church has played a significant role in health care, in fact the bible is clear on the role of the church in health.  Unfortunately, over the past 100+ years church's have largely cast messages for physical and mental health from the pulpits and have focused solely on the spiritual aspect.  This abandonment by the Church and takeover of all health care by conventional medicine, has resulted in a widespread misconception that all health care falls within the domain of conventional medicine, but, the rights of ecclesiastical entities to share bible based concepts for health have not changed and 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" with the practice of bible based medicine, rather than the truth, which is that the PMA is merely picking an important ball back up that has been dropped by the Church. 

Because the public has forgotten that the ecclesiastical has a responsibility for health care, providing such services may be challenged by secular regulatory agencies.  Fortunately however, in the U.S. the right to do so is highly upheld and it would be necessary to overturn a century of Supreme Court precedence to successfully impede the sharing of ecclesiastical health concepts.

Practitioners licensed by the PMA (never PMA license itself) have been challenged for various reasons, however, no practitioner that operates within the confines of PMA license has ever lost the right to offer PMA services, anywhere in the world!

Q. Who are PMA licensed providers?
A. PMA licesed providers come from all fields of health care, counseling and ministry and all have one thing in common.  They are spiritually oriented and believe ecclesiastical based health and wellness should be restored, for the good of the people!

Q.  What is the ratio of natural health professionals to state licensed providers in the PMA?
A. PMA licensees are about 50% natural health professionals and about 50% conventionally licensed providers from virtually every specialty in medicine, mental health and ministry. 

Q. If I am state licensed will PMA license allow me to offer services that may be outside my scope of practice?
A.  PMA license authorizes the offering of PMA based ecclesiastical health and wellness services only, and in no way effects, either prohibiting or extending, any service a licensee may be authorized to offer under any state license.

Q. If I am state licensed as a MD, Chiropractor etc, can or will my state board prevent me from holding PMA license or offering PMA health and wellness services?
A. According to the Constitution and overwhelming Supreme Court precedence, individuals  have certain guaranteed rights and among those are the right to work (and have as many occupations as they desire) and to hold the religious belief of their choice.  These rights may only be impinged in specific circumstance, and offering ecclesiastical health & wellness services on behalf of the PMA is not one of those.  When PMA license rules are followed, including separation of PMA services from any state licensed services, PMA license has no effect on any state license and state license has no effect on PMA license. 

Q. If I am an unlicensed natural health practitioner in a state that has passed health freedom legislation, will PMA license benefit me?
A. If you wish to offer spiritually based health and wellness services, then PMA license might be  a great fit for you. Note that health freedom is not necessarily health freedom when it comes to the practitioner. 

Q. If I am an unlicensed natural health practitioner and my state generally leaves such practitioners alone, do I still need PMA license?
A.  If you wish to offer spiritually based health and wellness services, then PMA license might be  a great fit for you.  Clearly all practitioners will benefit from practice protection and credibility. 

Q. What are the qualifications for PMA license?
A.  This topic is too broad to be covered in this brief writing.  Please complete the brief Contact form here and a PMA license representative will be happy to discuss the requirements with you. 

Q. What is the scope of practice under PMA license?
A.  Practitioners will learn more on this topic through the license process, briefly though; if a service is scripturally valid, safe and uses natural substances and/or therapies then it is likely approved. 

Q. I am a state licensed chiropractor and wish to include services that are not permitted under my DC license.  Will PMA license protect me for offering these additional services?
A. PMA license has no effect on your DC license, and state regulated services are not permitted under PMA license.  These are separate services and each has a specific scope of practice.

Q. Is Live Blood Analysis permitted under PMA license?
A. Yes because the PMA has determined that such practice meets the above criteria.  As a rule, as long as a practitioner is properly educated/certified in a particular natural based therapy or practice and that service meets our standard criteria then it is included under PMA license.

Q. Can I provide hands on "touch" therapies under PMA license?

A.  Of course.  The bible never restrained touch and we don't intend to start adding to the holy bible.

Q. Is Hypnosis, counseling and energy based modalities such as the Emotion Code covered under PMA license?
A. Yes.

Q. What does it cost to be PMA licensed?
A. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to cost.  The PMA license process is a comprehensive process and multiple factors are evaluated.  The staff time required along with actual cost to complete the practitioner profile varies with each practitioner, therefore so does cost.   There is an application fee that varies based on the above, and an annual license fee that varies based on the above as well.  These factors are evaluated and application fee and annual license cost are determined as you proceed through the license process.  The PMA developed the "no practitioner left behind" program in 2009 to assure that every qualifying practitioner can afford PMA license.

Q. Does the PMA provide clinical training?
A. The PMA phased out clinical training in 2011 to focus on what we do best, practitioner licensing and regulation to assure the safety of our members.  We do endorse training resources.

Much more information is available from a PMA license representative.
Please complete and submit the Contact form to speak with a representative.


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