NCCPA complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and also offers special accommodations when testing for qualified examinees with medical conditions that may be temporary or are not otherwise covered by the ADA. Detailed information on test accommodations is provided in the Guidelines for Special Testing Accommodations which are available by clicking here (PDF) or by contacting NCCPA to request a copy be mailed to you. You may also want to view the special accommodations flowchart which details how the process works.
The following medical aids do not require special accommodations. However, any small items such as pills, inhaler, eye drops, glucose meter, etc. need to be brought to the test center in a small plastic bag (no larger than quart size):
- Tissues, such as Kleenex
- Unwrapped cough drops or pills in a clear plastic baggie and not in a bottle/container
- Pillow for supporting neck, back or injured limb
- Eyeglasses (without the case)
- Hearing aids
- Ear plugs (or proctor can provide a candidate with a set of disposable earplugs)
- Braces (for example: wrist braces, leg braces, neck braces, etc.)
- Neck collars (for neck injuries)
- Motorized chair or scooter
- Bandages/casts - including eye patches, slings for broken/sprained arms and other injury-related items that cannot be removed)
- Cane, walkers or other medical walking aid
- Eye drops
- Paper face mask
- Insulin pump or other medical device attached to a person's body
- Glucose Meter (only if attached to a person's body)
Steps for completing a request for special testing accommodations:
Carefully read the Guidelines and provide them to any professionals who will provide documentation on your behalf.
Complete the Information in Support of Special Testing Accommodations form and submit it by mail or fax to NCCPA. Be sure to sign the form. Please note that you are also required to attach a personal statement to the form to describe your condition and its impact on your life.
If you have received prior test accommodations in a PA program, please be sure to have the appropriate person complete the Certification of Prior Test Accommodations form and submit it to NCCPA by mail or fax.
Provide NCCPA with legible copies of the documentation for your request and keep the original documentation for your files.
After NCCPA has received and reviewed all of the forms and documentation, you will receive notification of whether your request has been approved or denied. If the request was approved, you will also receive a Test Accommodation Agreement that will provide you with the details of the accommodations that have been approved. You will be required to sign this agreement and return it to NCCPA by mail or fax. If your request has been denied, you will be granted an opportunity to appeal that decision.
Once your signed Test Accommodation Agreement has been received by NCCPA, your application will be complete, the test vendor will be notified of the special accommodations that have been approved for your exam (PANCE or PANRE) and you will receive an exam acknowledgement so you can set your exam date.
If you have previously received test accommodations for an NCCPA exam, you do not need to resubmit the Certification of Prior Test Accommodations or documentation unless your condition has changed. However, you must still complete and submit the Information in Support of Special Testing Accommodations form and follow the remainder of the steps listed above.