National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA
The NCCPA reports that there were 86,500 PAs practicing in mid-2012, with the U.S.
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).
For a look at some data from the report, and some thoughts from Dawn Morton-Rias, the president of NCCPA
, read on.
In fact, 40 percent of the 21,098 certified PAs who have reported practice data to NCCPA in 2012 are practicing in office-based private practices.
If you are considering hiring a PA, it is important to make sure that they are certified by the NCCPA. Certification is a standard required for initial state licensure throughout the U.S.
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.
was formed in 1973 by 14 health professional organizations to assure the public that certified PAs meet established standards of clinical knowledge and skills upon entry into practice and throughout their careers.
The task force does not have a deadline, and it is only considering recognition--not certification--for specialties, Tiffany Flick, communications manager for NCCPA
, said in an interview.
Proceeds from icon sales will go the NCCPA
to fund advanced research on colon cancer prevention and treatment.
Thus, the section 4(d) special rule for the threatened coastal California gnatcatcher provides that an incidental "take" of species members does not violate section 9 if it results from activities consistent with California's Natural Community Conservation Planning Act (NCCPA
) and the NCCPA
plan for protection of coastal sage scrub habitat.