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Does it make sense to apply for certifications in two different states?


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I will be graduating PA school in December 2024. I currently live in WV and attend school in VA. My driver's license is WV. I am from NC. My partner is currently applying for her dream job and if she got it we would move to Indianapolis and I'd have to search for a job there. If not, we would move back to NC where I already have a job lined up with the ER group I used to scribe for. I really want to cut down on any "dead" time where I have gotten a job but am waiting for certifications so I was wondering if it's worthwhile to start the application process in both states for certification. Hopefully my partner will know about this job within the next two months but I'm not sure how long it will take and would rather be on the safe side. Any thoughts or suggestions in regard to this?

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My vote is to not apply for any license unless you will use it.

If you proceed, be prepared to carry that extra license and pay for it if you don't end up using it. Otherwise, you will need to let it lapse or put it on standby, which will be a headache to reactivate or explain the lapse.

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On 5/10/2024 at 10:41 AM, SedRate said:

My vote is to not apply for any license unless you will use it.

If you proceed, be prepared to carry that extra license and pay for it if you don't end up using it. Otherwise, you will need to let it lapse or put it on standby, which will be a headache to reactivate or explain the lapse.

This USED to be excellent advice, and is still good advice, but I'm not so sure it's going to be good advice as the PA compact evolves over the next few years. The bad old days and associated hassle of having multiple state licenses may be coming to an end. May be; we'll see.

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At one point I had 3. I let the one lapse that I no longer need when it went from $100/2 years to $350/2 years. 

Agree with above. Get the license you need as they are fairly spendy at this point. Also be aware that working in 2 states concurrently requires 2 different DEA certs at $800/each. 

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2 hours ago, rev ronin said:

as the PA compact evolves over the next few years. The bad old days and associated hassle of having multiple state licenses may be coming to an end. May be; we'll see

I am very much looking forward to this and hoping I won't have to maintain several different licenses much longer. 

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On 5/24/2024 at 5:07 PM, rev ronin said:

as the PA compact evolves over the next few years.

Do you know if the PA compact is formalized and ready to use? Last I heard they still needed a couple states. And then, of course, the compact only includes the states that have agreed to it, not every state... Hoping that changes and PA practice abilities becomes consistent across the board. 

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5 hours ago, ohiovolffemtp said:

The PA compact has been approved by at least 7 states, so now a commission has been established to start putting together the pieces to get it ready to use.  I'm not sure of the timing, but I think it could be at least a year.

1-2 years is what Folusho said in his report to the HOD. Good news is that we're probably going to get another 10+ states sign on in each of the next two years, so it's going to likely be very beneficial by the time it's ready for prime time.

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