NCCPA Certification is required for initial licensure in Texas but not for renewal of an active Texas Physician Assistant License.
The statute requires that jurisprudence examinations be conducted on the licensing requirements and other laws, rules, or regulations applicable in this state.
Individual application processing time will vary according to the complexity of the application. Factors that increase complexity are “yes” answers to any of the Professionalism questions on the application.
Refunds of application/registration fees are available in very limited circumstances. These fees may be refunded in cases of administrative error by the TMB; applicants who withdraw their applications within 45 days of initial application, licensees who retire or request cancellation within 90 days of paying the fee, or on behalf of applicants/licensees who die within 90 days of paying the fee. A pro-rated refund may be requested for good cause by a spouse or personal representative of an applicant/licensee who has died more than 90 days after paying the application/registration fee. Refund circumstances are addressed in Board rule 175.5(c).
Senate Bill 807, effective on 9/1/2015, allows for the waiver of application fees for any military service member, military spouse or military veteran. There is no current reduced registration fee.
Applications for PA licensure are submitted online.
The application-processing fee is $220.00 that must be submitted along with the completed application. In addition, there is a fee of $107 if you are requesting a temporary license.
Please see the Application Process and General Information links in the Physician Assistant Quick Links menu, located here.
The examination you take will be composed of 50 questions. Please see the information on the Jurisprudence Exam page, located here.
At this time, only physician applicants can use the Forms X and Y to expedite an application. Should this change, notification will be posted.
Section 185.4 of the PA Board Rules covers licensure requirements.
No. Texas law requires graduation from an accredited PA program for eligibility.
Yes, if you have requested and paid for one. The request is made by mailing in the Temporary License Affidavit with the $107 fee. A temporary license cannot be issued until all supporting documents for your online application have been received, and your file has been reviewed and determined complete by your assigned licensing analyst. The temporary license is considered a full and active license and will allow you to practice until your permanent license is issued. Permanent licenses are issued once a month. Please see the License Issue Dates link to the left for more information.
Board Rule 185.10 covers Physician Assistant Scope of Practice.
You must register your supervising physician with the TMB prior to applying with the DEA. For information or questions on applying for a DEA under a temporary license, please contact the DEA directly. https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/index.html
Permanent licenses are issued once a month. Please refer to the License Issue Dates link on the left for detailed information on the scheduled licensing dates and deadlines.