Alternative to PANRE: A Pilot Program

NCCPA is piloting an alternative to PANRE that will allow eligible PAs to answer core medical knowledge questions over time, from any device, anywhere.

This new approach requires:

  • no advance preparation

  • no scheduling, and 

  • no trips to a test center.

This alternative to PANRE we are piloting lets you show what you know and grow what you know in a much more flexible format than traditional exams. Watch the short introductory video below from NCCPA President and CEO, Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D., PA-C. Then read more about the process.

                             

About the Pilot Program

The pilot will begin in January 2019 and is open to PAs who are due to take PANRE in 2018 or 2019. PAs participating in this pilot program will answer 25 test questions each quarter for two years - January 2019 through December 2020. The questions can be answered all at once or throughout the quarter.

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Those multiple choice questions (developed by PA colleagues who are recognized experts in their area of practice) will assess core medical knowledge  -- the “walking around” knowledge all PAs should maintain regardless of the specialty or setting in which you work. Therefore, pilot participants are encouraged to answer the questions without consulting references to help them identify any knowledge gaps.

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Then they’ll get immediate feedback on whether they got the question right or wrong and why the right answer was the best choice. They'll also see a list of references on the topic so they can learn more if they choose to. Participants will be asked to also provide substantial feedback on the process.

This new approach provides:

  • Immediate feedback on item responses

  • Info about why the correct answer was the best

  • List of reference(s) for those who want to learn more

Just as we do with PANCE, PANRE and our CAQs, NCCPA will convene a diverse group of practicing PAs to help determine the passing standard for this pilot assessment. Because this is a new assessment with no history on which to base a standard before it begins, we need to reach a sufficient sample size before the final passing determinations can  be made. However, participants will know the number of questions they answered correctly. Also, like all other NCCPA exams, this will be a content-based standard (also called a criterion referenced standard). If everyone meets that standard, everyone will pass.

Pilot Program Eligibility

All Certified PAs who are required to pass PANRE in 2018 or 2019 will be eligible to register for the pilot. As long as they continue to meet CME and fee requirements and participate as required in the pilot, their certification will be extended through the end of the pilot period. Again participation in a pilot also requires participants to provide feedback at various points in the process. These data and insights will inform consideration of whether and how this could best be implemented as a permanent alternative to PANRE.

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Pilot Eligibility

Implications

Must pass PANRE in 2018

Eligible

For pilot registrants, certification will be renewed at the end of 2018 with completion of CME and certification maintenance fee only. Upon successful completion of the pilot, the PANRE requirement will have been satisfied for the certification maintenance cycle ending in 2018. If unsuccessful in the pilot, PAs’ certification will be extended to provide one year to pass PANRE. In either case, recertification will be due again by the end of 2028.

Must pass PANRE in 2019

Eligible

For pilot registrants, certification will be renewed at the end of 2019 with completion of CME and certification maintenance fee only. Upon successful completion of the pilot, the PANRE requirement will have been satisfied for the certification maintenance cycle ending in 2019. If unsuccessful in the pilot, PAs’ certification will be extended to provide one year to pass PANRE. In either case, recertification will be due again by the end of 2029.

Must pass PANRE in 2017

 

Not eligible

You must pass PANRE this year to maintain certification.

Must pass PANRE 2024 or later

Not eligible

This two-year pilot will conclude in Dec. 2020. It is likely that a permanent version of this process (refined based on the pilot) will be available as an alternative to PANRE when it is time for you to begin the recertification process.

Must pass PANRE to regain certification after a lapse

Not eligible

Only Certified PAs are eligible for the pilot.


Pilot Registration

Registration Period: Early 2018 through June 2018. We will announce registration opening via email, NCCPA News, our website and social media. Eligible PAs will be able to register within their personal certification record on our website. Those who do not register for the pilot will still be able to take PANRE.

Cost: $350 (same as PANRE). PAs will pay this fee online when they register for the pilot. 

We have tried to anticipate your questions. If you have one not answered on our FAQ page, email nccpa@nccpa.net. We will add to the Q&A over time.