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Ecclesiastical Member Association


Welcome Health Care Practitioners

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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.


If you have not read "About the PMA" please start there

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.


Q.
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 almost 4000 new members monthly.

Q. Why PMA License?
A. Public regulatory 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.  This is part of the PMA mission and the reason for the PMA license program.

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 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 and no activity is permitted that would discredit or detract from 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.

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Q.  As a PMA licensee, if my services are challenged can the PMA help?
A.  The PMA legal department provides legal advocacy services for our members whose rights are violated.

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.

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 we have forgotten that the church has a responsibility for health care, providing such services may be challenged by secular regulatory agencies, however, a challenging agency will find it necessary to overturn a century of Supreme Court precedence to successfully impede the sharing of ecclesiastical health concepts.

Needless to say, the development of the PMA is the result of extensive investment in legal research that continues today as court decisions are handed down.  Practitioners licensed by the PMA (never PMA license itself) have been challenged for various reasons, however, due in large part to the PMA legal team, no practitioner has ever lost the right to offer PMA licensed services, anywhere in the world!

Q.  What is the ratio of natural health professionals to state licensed providers in the PMA?
A. PMA licensees are about 40% natural health professionals and about 60% 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 has no effect on any state issued license and operates completely separate.  More information is available to registered practitioners.

Q. If I am an unlicensed natural health practitioner in a state that has passed health freedom legislation, will PMA license benefit me?
A. Yes, health freedom is not really 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.  Clearly all practitioners will benefit from practice protection and credibility. 

Q. What are the qualifications for PMA license?
A.  This topic is covered in the PMA Administrative Rules available after registration.

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. 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. 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.

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