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Hello, I'm currently practicing as a PA hospitalist in Pennsylvania. I still consider myself fairly new, offically working as a PA-C for 1 year. I enjoy my job, but can't stand NEPA, as I have lived here my entire life. I am actively looking to relocate within the next year. I've been looking at Texas as an option, trying to gather some necessary research. I would assume my best option would be to apply for a state license first, then job hunt, to make the transition easier. I see most jobs require a license anyway.

 

Would you agree/disagree?

 

Also, I saw a requirement for the state license is to pass a JP exam? Is this correct? If so, when and where do you have to take this exam?

 

Any additional advise will be helpful. Thank you all.

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As someone who relocated from Pennsylvania to Texas last year (although I am a native Texan), get the hell outta Pennsylvania as fast as you can.

 

And yes, get your Tx license as soon as you can to help facilitate job searching.  The JP exam is easy and you can take it at any Pearson Vue center

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Thanks for all the great responses. In regards to the application process -- First is to fill out the online application, and wait to receive a scheduling permit for the JP exam, is this correct? Also, the Texas Medical Board provides a documentation check list -- does anyone know if all of these items will need to be submitted? -- ie. Dean's certificate, supervising physician form .. just making sure I have everything necessary so the process will not be delayed.

 

 

Thanks again!

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You can get your license without a supervising physician... you can add that once you get a job. The deans certificate... don't remember the name but I think thats a form that your PA school has to send in on your behalf, if I'm thinking of the right one, then yes, it's required. TMB will send you emails with everything checked off as it comes in so you will know what's missing.

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Hello Texas PAs! I am applying for a Texas license as well and noticed that forms have to be filled out by every supervising physician where you worked up to 5 years? If that's the case, I will have at least 8 places because I do locums work! I don't even know where some of my former supervising physicians are! Most them of them don't work at some of the hospitals anymore! I'm sure they don't require the MD or DO applicants do this! This is ridiculous! SOS-Thanks! 

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On 1/29/2018 at 0:52 PM, eggama said:

Hello Texas PAs! I am applying for a Texas license as well and noticed that forms have to be filled out by every supervising physician where you worked up to 5 years? If that's the case, I will have at least 8 places because I do locums work! I don't even know where some of my former supervising physicians are! Most them of them don't work at some of the hospitals anymore! I'm sure they don't require the MD or DO applicants do this! This is ridiculous! SOS-Thanks! 

Asinine is more the word I would use.  Complete and utter BS.  Texas has always been backwards when it comes to state licensing.  You should of lived here through the "DPS" years.  When they finally killed it they were STILL requiring paper applications.  You could not pay it online.  No DPS, no controlled substances at all.  In the mid 2000's, the average wait time on the phone was almost 2 hours as well.  Not sure what it is now.  Stupid.

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