Issued by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), the Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C)
credential is a mark of professional accomplishment, indicating the achievement and maintenance of established levels of knowledge
and clinical skills. The PA-C credential is widely recognized within the medical professions and beyond. In fact, all 50 states, the
District of Columbia and the American territories have decided to rely on NCCPA certification as one of the criteria for licensure
or regulation of physician assistants.
To protect the credibility of the PA-C designation, the NCCPA certification process involves formal collegiate education,
examination and ongoing pursuit of continuing medical education.