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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.

PAHx Session at AAPA Offers Guide to Saving PA Artifacts

• The Society is excited to offer our first small group interactive CME session during the AAPA Conference in Houston. “Become a PA Historian: Preserving PA History” will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 2 p.m. (CT). This session is free, but space is limited, so you are required to RSVP on the AAPA conference website/app.

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Why I Volunteer: Ticco Robinson, MS, PA-C

• Ticco Robinson, MS, PA-C, is a Board Certified PA who works at Tufts Medical Center Willliam B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology.

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How Can PAs Embrace the Lifestyle Medicine Specialty

• As a Board Certified PA specializing in cardiology, Brad Biskup’s, PA-C, FACLM, DipACLM, MHS, MA, background in exercise physiology and nutrition has naturally merged with the principles of lifestyle medicine.

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AAPA Conference 2024

May 18-22, 2024

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Florida State University

May 15, 2024

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2023 Statistical Profile of Board Certified PA


Summary Report for the 2022 PANCE Practice Analysis


2021 Beyond Entry-Level PA Practice Analysis Summary Report


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.