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For PA Students 

Here's a message from NCCPA's President/CEO and certified physician assistant, Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C.


Just Released: NCCPA has published The 2014 Statistical Report on Certified Physician Assistants,including information on clinical settings, practice area, job opportunities and salary ranges. Read the complete report.

For information on recently certified PAs the 2013 Statistical Profile on Recently Certified Physician Assistants is available here.

You're on your way to changing and saving lives... We're ready when you are!

"Have faith in yourself! Don't second guess your answers or over-think the questions.
Trust your gut. Also, don't try to cram too much information in your head
shortly before
the exam. - Elizabeth Miller   


“We consider our PA colleagues to be an extremely important part of our practice,” says Dr. Young. “We rely on them for their intelligence, their technical skills and their oversight of patients, as well as to be a liaison with patients’ families and other team members in our practice.”

J. Nilas Young, MD
Read the entire article


Read about other Physician-PA teams

You have chosen a rewarding and exciting profession at a time when it has never been needed more. We at NCCPA are ready to help you take that last step to transition from student to certified PA. Here we have several resources we hope you find useful in that transition. For more words of wisdom from certified PAs like the one above, who've already "been there, done that" click here.

Then take a few minutes to view a video on PANCE, which goes over what to expect and how to prepare for it.

  • PANCE - the initial exam you will take to become a certified PA.
  • NCCPA Practice Exams -this is the only place you'll find real test questions taken right out of our PANCE test question bank. There's no better way to get an idea of what the PANCE is really like, and it's a great way to figure out how to focus your study efforts. For just $35, the practice exam is a great way to maximize your studies with minimal cost.
  • SAAAPA - the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants has a host of great resources for PA students and new grads.
  • Physician Assistant History Society - learn more about the history of your new profession from the Physician Assistant History Society (PAHx).

After passing PANCE, you will begin a certification maintenance process every two years. The links below go over that process and more.