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Physician Assistant License Overview

The Texas Medical Board issues a physician assistant license to qualified individuals to practice in Texas.  In addition to a license, physician assistants in Texas must practice under the supervision of one or more supervising physicians, and if prescribing drugs, must have a prescriptive delegation agreement with their supervising physician(s). 

The Licensure Department of the Texas Physician Assistant Board is committed to furthering the mission of the Board by ensuring quality healthcare for the citizens of Texas by upholding the standards set in statute and Board Rule, and by efficiently processing licensure applications.


Before You Apply

Individuals considering applying for a physician assistant license should use the links to the left for more information about eligibility, the application process, and the required documentation and fees before submitting their applications.  Please note that Texas has a two-step application process – pre-licensure and licensure.  During pre-licensure, the applicant’s documents are collected and the applicant will be updated as to which documents have been received and are missing through regular mail or e-mail, if an address has been provided.  Only after all the documents have been received is the application considered complete and the licensure step may begin.  During licensure, a licensure analyst will review and verify all the information contained in the application and the supporting documentation.  More information will be requested by a licensure analyst if the previously submitted documentation is not complete and/or contains errors. 


Apply

Apply online using the link to the left. Depending on your answers, some of the questions on the application will require you to download a supplemental form and submit it.  Some of the forms must be sent to a third party, such as your physician assistant school or liability carrier.  Applicants must also take and pass the Jurisprudence Exam and submit their fingerprints for state and national criminal history background checks. More information can be found using the links under Apply at the left.

Your application will not be processed until all supplemental information is received.  

Individual application processing time will vary based on the complexity of the application. The processing time clock begins when the applicant has submitted all initial documents and has moved to the second step.  Factors that increase the processing time are answering “yes” to any of the Professionalism questions on the application.


Communication with the Board

Applications are submitted online, but additional information and supplemental forms may be submitted using the US Postal Service or a private overnight delivery service.  Board staff will communicate with applicants by e-mail, if an address is provided, or by letter using the US Postal Service.  For more information on submitting documentation see LINK to the left.