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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.

Top 3 Lifestyle Changes to Lower High Blood Pressure

• Maddison Heyn, PA-C, DipACLM, offers insight into her top three lifestyle changes that can help lower high blood pressure.

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Advantage to PAs in Pay Negotiations: Medscape Physician Assistant Compensation Report 2024

• A Medscape survey found that physicians assistants (PAs) enjoyed a good year on the salary front in 2023. Marketplace factors seem to tilt in favor of Pas who are searching for a first job or considering a new employer.

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Why I Volunteer: Mark Aksamit, MPAS, PA-C, CAQ-Psych

• Meet Mark Aksamit, MPAS, PA-C, CAQ-Psychiatry, a Board Certified PA specializing in psychiatry. He also serves as an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is actively volunteering with NCCPA.

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Lawrence Technological University

June 26, 2024

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Wichita State University

June 14, 2024

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Physician assistants/associates in psychiatry: a workforce analysis

The Importance of Diversity in the Physician Assistant/Associate Workforce: Examining the Profession’s Growth and Trends in Demographic Composition

2023 Statistical Profile of Board Certified PA


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.