Pediatrics - Content Blueprint

Because of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) publication, NCCPA will adapt its content blueprints, disease and disorder lists, and psychiatry-related terminology within test questions to conform to DSM-5 classifications and diagnostic criteria for all of our examinations beginning in 2015, according to the following timeline:

CAQ Examinations administered from August 2015 to July 2016:
In these examinations, psychiatry-related terminology within test questions will include the DSM-5 terminology followed by the DSM-IV-TR terminology in parentheses. Example: illness anxiety disorder (hypochondriasis)

Based on delays in implementation of DSM-5 guidelines within the field of psychiatry, NCCPA will continue to present psychiatry-related terminology within test questions in the manner outlined above until further notice.

Note about Laboratory Values for the Pediatrics Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) Examination:

Please note that during the Pediatrics Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) Examination, examinees will NOT be given Normal Laboratory Values in a separate table, as they are accustomed to having in other NCCPA examinations.

For all laboratory values included in Pediatrics CAQ test questions, the normal range will appear in parentheses following the current laboratory value.  Example: Serum iron level is 315 µg/dL (N=50-170 µg/dL). 

Health Maintenance (20%)

  • Growth and development
  • Nutrition
  • Preventative pediatrics
  • Immunizations
  • Common childhood behavior problems
  • Oral health
  • Newborn medicine
  • Adolescent medicine
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Sleep
  • Poisoning

Infectious Diseases (14%)

  • Evaluation of child with fever
  • Viral infections
  • Bacterial infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Parasitic infections

Cardiopulmonary Disease (14%)

  • Congenital heart disease/defects
  • Arrhythmias
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Upper and lower respiratory tract infections and disorders

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine (9%)

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Mood disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Learning disabilities

Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat (6%)

  • Eye disorders
  • Ear disorders
  • Hearing loss
  • Nose disorders
  • Oropharynx disorders

Gastrointestinal/Nutrition Disorders (7%)

  • Acute and chronic causes of abdominal pain
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Malabsorption syndromes
  • Liver diseases
  • Nutritional deficiencies

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (6%)

  • Sports injuries
  • Concussions
  • Heat-related illnesses
  • Indications for exclusion from sports activities

Endocrine Disorders (6%)

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Thyroid gland disorders
  • Growth and pubertal disorders

Dermatologic Disorders (4%)

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Acne
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Congenital dermatologic conditions
  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Skin manifestations of infectious disease

Neurologic Disorders (5%)

  • Seizure disorders
  • Headaches
  • Muscular disorders
  • Movement disorders

Renal/Genitourinary Disorders (4%)

  • Nephritis/nephrosis
  • Upper and lower urinary tract infections
  • Fluid and electrolyte disorders
  • Reproductive tract disorders

Congenital Anomalies and Genetic Disorders (2%)

  • Trisomies
  • Common syndromes
  • Multiple congenital anomalies

Hematology/Oncology (3%)

  • Nutritional anemias
  • Common childhood malignancies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Common hemolytic anemias

Pediatrics - Disease/Disorder List

To view a list of some of the diseases and disorders that may appear on the Pediatrics CAQ Examination, click here. Keep in mind that the list may not be all-inclusive of the topics covered on the exam.

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