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Become Certified

You’re beginning a rewarding career. Learn more about what it takes to become a Certified PA, what to expect on test day and access certification resources as you begin your exciting journey.

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Maintain Certification

Certified PAs engage in career long learning by documenting continuous study and taking periodic exams to remain certified. Learn more about recertification and certification maintenance requirements as you continue your career as a Certified PA.

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Earn Specialty Certificates

Want to stand out? Learn more about how to earn a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) to show your advanced expertise in your specialty.

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Need to verify PA credentials? Access our easy-to-use Verify Certification tool.

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Title Change Update

NCCPA recognizes that the titles used by our profession have evolved and continue to evolve and that our profession’s authorization to practice medicine and legally permitted titles are governed by each jurisdiction’s practice acts and by federal regulations.  Therefore, NCCPA shall regard the titles “physician assistant,” “physician associate,” and “PA” as equivalent and synonymous.  NCCPA policies and published guidance that use the terms “physician assistant,” “physician associate,” and/or “PA” shall apply to any Board Certified or certifying PA, regardless of that individual PA’s preferred or assigned title. More information on board certification and title change can be found here.

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Verify Board Certification

Need to verify PA certification and/or disciplinary actions issued by NCCPA? Access our easy-to-use Board Certification Verification tool.

NCCPA recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2023

• The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2023 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.

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PAs are growing in number: Here’s how many are in each state

• The number of board-certified physician assistants increased by 76.1 percent in the last decade.

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Silvia Garcia Murcia: From unaccompanied minor to physician assistant

• Once a refugee, the Honduras native is giving back to the Richmond community that welcomed her.

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University of North Carolina

August 2, 2023

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SDPA Summer Conference 2023

June 21-24, 2023

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Characteristics and Contributions of Physician Assistants/Associates Practicing in Psychiatry


The Important Role and Contributions of PAs in Hospital Settings


2022 Statistical Profile of Board Certified PAs


Learn more about our supporting organizations

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The PA History Society

The PA History Society was created to share the history of the development of the PA profession and illustrate how PAs continue to make a difference in our society. Visit their website to learn more about how they’re preserving PA history.

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The NCCPA Health Foundation

The nccPA Health Foundation creates solutions for improving the capacity of Certified PAs to impact the quality and accessibility of health care delivery. Visit their website to learn more about how they’re partnering with PAs to make a difference in communities across the country.