Certification examination and maintenance in each specialty can be governed by the NCCPA
, as further specialty licensure is unnecessary because health care employers would require evidence of specialty certification upon hire and further maintenance of certification while employed (following the model now in effect for physicians).
If you are considering hiring a PA, it is important to make sure that they are certified by the NCCPA.
Some certified PAs have demonstrated an elevated level of qualification for practice in certain specialties by earning a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ), a new supplementary credential offered by NCCPA to certified PAs practicing in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, nephrology, orthopedic surgery and psychiatry.
These results validate that the Specialty CAQ NCCPA offers is filling a void in the profession, affording certified PAs more opportunity and positioning them for the recognition they deserve," continued Dean.
The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who fulfill certification, certification maintenance, and recertification requirements.
In addition to the CAQ program, NCCPA
also administers certification and recertification exams, and has an established program for certification maintenance.
To qualify for a CAQ, PA-Cs must first satisfy two basic prerequisites: (1) current NCCPA certification, and (2) possession of a valid, unrestricted license to practice as a PA in at least one jurisdiction in the U.
In addition to its CAQ program, NCCPA also administers initial and recertifying exams, and has an established program for maintenance of certification.
Established in 1975, NCCPA is the only credentialing organization for physician assistants in the United States.
NCCPA requires a test provider with a high-quality, secure test center network offering a professional testing experience and the highest level of service for our physician assistant candidates," said Scott Arbet, PhD, NCCPA vice president of research and test development.
As the only nationally recognized certifying organization for PAs, NCCPA
is committed to providing credentials that address our responsibility to the public, as well as the needs and concerns of the PA profession," said Janet J.
Test questions meet the curriculum requirements specified by the NCCPA
blueprint, covering every required topic.