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  • How do I register for the Jurisprudence Examination and what is the cost?

    The jurisprudence examination will be given at Pearson VUE test centers located throughout the country. The fee for the exam is $61, payable directly to Pearson VUE. Prior to scheduling your examination, you must have received a scheduling permit issued to you by the Board.

    Is there a reduced fee for military applicants?

    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 registraiton fee.

    Does Texas require NCCPA Certification?

    NCCPA Certification is required for initial licensure in Texas but not for renewal of an active Texas Physician Assistant License.

    What is the PA application fee?

    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.

    What topics will the Jurisprudence Examination cover?

    The statute requires that jurisprudence examinations be conducted on the licensing requirements and other laws, rules, or regulations applicable in this state.

    How long does it take to process a license application?

    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.  

    Do I have to pass a jurisprudence examination?

    Yes. If you do not pass within three attempts you will be required to appear before the Board to address your inability to pass and allow the Board to evaluate your eligibility for Licensure.

    Can fees be refunded?

    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).

    How do I apply for a PA license?

    Applications for PA licensure are submitted online.

    How does the PA licensure process work?

    Below is a link to the overview of the physician assistant licensure process.

    Where can I find information on the rules regarding PA licensure requirements?

    Section 185.4 of the PA Board Rules covers licensure requirements.

    What do I study to prepare for the PA jurisprudence examination?

    Below is a link for all of the possible questions and answers. The examination you take will be composed of 50 questions, randomly selected from this group.


    Can I expedite my physician assistant application?

    At this time, only physician applicants can use the Forms X and Y to expedite an application. Should this change, notification will be posted.

    Can I get a temporary PA license?

    Yes, if you have requested and paid for one. The request is made by mailing in the Temporary License Affidavit with the $107 fee. Once all supporting documents for your online application have been received, and have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate members of Board staff, your application will be considered complete and your name will be added to the list of applicants to be granted permanent licensure at the next Board meeting. To avoid delay, a temporary license will be issued at this point if you requested and paid for one. A confirmation email (or hard copy letter if an email address is not available) will be sent informing you.

    Can I get a DEA number with my temporary license?

    Yes, you can apply for a DEA number with a temporary license, but you must register your supervising physician with the TMB prior to applying with the DEA.   

    What are the laws or rules concerning a PA's scope of practice?

    Board Rule 185.10 covers Physician Assistant Scope of Practice.

    I am a foreign medical graduate. Can I get a PA license with my medical degree?

    No. Texas law requires graduation from an accredited PA program for eligibility.