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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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Resources

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 PA Certification

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

Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D.,PA-C, ICE-CCP, FACHE delivers Morehouse School of Medicine Winter 2022 Commencement

• Morehouse School of Medicine Winter 2022 commencement speaker address was delivered by President and CEO of NCCPA,

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NCCPA PA Ambassador Makes Emory Alumni Association’s 40 Under Forty list

• PA-C Takeia Horton, member of the NCCPA PA Ambassador program and Emory Alum, recently made Emory's 2022 40 under Forty List.

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PA-C Hayley Arceneaux makes history for space flight.

• PA-C  Hayley Arceneaux, a pediatric cancer survivor, became the youngest American to go to space last year after she spent three days in orbit on Space-X's Inspiration rocket. She is telling her story in a new book.

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2021 Statistical Profile of Recently Certified PAs

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2021 Specialty Supplement Report on Secondary Specialty

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2021 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs by Specialty

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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.