For PA Students
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
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.
It's better in HD! If you have broadband internet connection, click here.
- 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.
- nccPA Health Foundation - view an award-winning video about what makes great physician-PA teams so successful.
- 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.
- Current Certification Process - for those who pass PANCE between now and Dec. 31, 2013, learn more about it and what you need to do to maintain certification.
- New Certification Process - for those who pass PANCE in 2014 and beyond, learn about the new certification maintenance requirements, such as Self Assessment and PI-CME.
- Specialty certificates of added qualifications (CAQs) - if you're heading for specialty practice, this extra credential may be something to work towards.
- Exams - visit our exams page to learn about our exams, how to prepare and register for them, what to expect on test day and more.
- CME credits - learn how to log CME credits and more in our continuing medical education overview.
- Policies and Procedures for certification requirements.
- Resources and Tools
- Disciplinary and Appeals Process
- Code of Conduct