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Certification Exams

NCCPA offers a couple of exams depending on where you are in the certification process.

New graduate? You need to take PANCE, the initial certifying exam.

Already certified? You need to take PANRE during the 5th or 6th year of your six-year certification maintenance cycle or 9th or 10th year of your 10-year certification maintenance cycle, depending on which one you are in.

Lost certification? You can regain it by passing one of our exams, if you meet the specific eligibility requirements. For more information on regaining your certification, click here.

NCCPA also offers Practice Exams to help you prepare for the PANCE and PANRE. If you are feeling unsure about how you will perform on an exam, taking a Practice Exam can help alleviate those fears and help you focus your studies.

Choose an exam below to learn more about it.


The Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) - the initial certification exam.

PANCE is a computer-based, multiple-choice test comprised of questions that assess basic medical and surgical knowledge administered at Pearson VUE testing centers. Cost $475

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The Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE) - the recertifying exam.

PANRE is a computer-based, multiple-choice exam administered at Pearson VUE testing centers. Cost $350

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