As used in this article:
- Physician assistant. The term "physician assistant" means a person who is licensed as a physician assistant pursuant to this article.
- Physician. The term "physician" means a practitioner of medicine licensed to practice medicine pursuant to article one hundred thirty-one of this chapter.
- Approved program. The term "approved program" means a program for the education of physician assistants which has been formerly approved by the department.
- Hospital. The term "hospital" means an institution or facility possessing a valid operating certificate issued pursuant to article twenty-eight of the public health law and authorized to employ physician assistants in accordance with rules and regulations of the public health and health planning council.