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NCCPA Seeks a Physician and Public Member to Join Board

• The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) seeks a physician director-at-large and a public director-at-large to join its Board of Directors beginning in 2025.

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NCCPA Data-Driven Insights Show Vital Role of PAs

• New research by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), the certifying body for Physician Assistants/Associates (PAs), sheds light on the continued growth of this profession and its effect on patient care.

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Activation of PA Licensure Compact to Improve Access to Patient Care

• The American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA), Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), and National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) announce that a licensure compact for physician assistants (PAs) was activated by the recent signing of legislation in Virginia.

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Nationwide PA Growth Boosts Health Care Delivery

• The latest report released by the National Commission on Certification of PAs (NCCPA), titled “2022 Statistical Profile of Board Certified PAs by State,” highlights the significant growth in the PA profession and its impact in the delivery of health care throughout the U.S.

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Newly Certified PAs Find More Jobs, Higher Salaries

• Newly Board Certified physician assistants/associates (PAs) are successfully landing their first job sooner than in the past – and earning higher salaries – compared to previous years, according to a report by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

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NCCPA Certifies 200,000th PA

• The National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) has announced the certification of the 200,000th physician assistant/associate (PA) in the nation since the organization’s inception nearly 50 years ago.

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PAs Have Flexibility to Change Specialties

• PAs Have Flexibility to Change Specialties

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ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION NAMES NCCPA A WINNER OF THE METRO ATLANTA TOP WORKPLACES 2023 AWARD

• NCCPA has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2023 honor by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top Workplaces.

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Update on PAs Practicing in Dermatology

• The dermatology workforce includes physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician associates/assistants (PAs). The number of dermatologists is growing slowly while the growth of PAs working in dermatology is rapid and accelerating.

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Newly Released Data on PAs Working in Medically Underserved Areas

• The report provides data from each state on topics such as race/ethnicity, income, specialty practice areas, and settings, use of telemedicine, job satisfaction, burnout, retirement plans, and more.

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Job Satisfaction Remains High Among Certified PAs Despite Continuing COVID-19 Pandemic

• The latest data from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) reports that job satisfaction remains high among Certified PAs, even after two years of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Record Number of PAs Earned Initial Certification in 2021

• 10,950 PAs earned their initial certification in 2021 alone, marking the greatest number of newly Certified PAs according to NCCPA's 2021 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs.

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Newly Released Data on Certified PAs Working in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care Demonstrate Their Significant Contributions to Patient Care

• The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), in collaboration with the Society of Emergency Medicine PAs (SEMPA) have published the PAs Practicing in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care: 2021 Survey Results. Over 16,000 Certified PAs practice in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care, and this report comprises the most comprehensive source of nationwide data on PAs working in these practice areas. 

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Dr. Uché Blackstock to Deliver Keynote Address at NCCPA Represent Summit

• The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) announced today that renowned physician and health equity advocate, Dr. Uché Blackstock, will deliver the keynote address during its inaugural Represent! Summit in September.

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NCCPA President and CEO Joins Over 2,000 CEOs to Make Unprecedented Commitment to Advance Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

• The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) announced today that its President and CEO Dawn Morton-Rias Ed.D, PA-C has signed onto the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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New Report Highlights Low Burnout, Job Satisfaction Among Certified PAs by Specialty

• According to the 2020 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs by Specialty, an annual report on 25 specialties issued by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), 73.4% of Certified PAs indicated that they have no symptoms of burnout.

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Certified PAs Persevere Despite Pandemic Uncertainty

• Despite the uncertainty of the global pandemic, in 2020 Certified PAs largely maintained their current patient loads and helped increase access to care.

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NCCPA Launches Certified PArtners in Care Campaign to Showcase Invaluable Impact of Certified PAs

• Today the NCCPA announced the launch of the Certified PArtners in Care campaign to highlight the invaluable role that Certified PAs play to support patients, clinical teams and public health in their communities.

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New Report Highlights Certified PA Practice Patterns During COVID-19 Pandemic

• 96% of physician assistants (PAs) were employed in a clinical position eight to nine months after the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Number of Certified PAs Expanded in Every State Prior to Onset of COVID-19

• Just before the need for qualified medical providers expanded due to the onset of COVID-19, the Certified Physician Assistant workforce increased in every U.S. state.

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New Report Gives Glimpse Into Certified Physician Assistants in Medical Specialties Before COVID-19 Pandemic

• Just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the Certified Physician Assistant workforce continued to grow.

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2019 Cohort of Newly Certified Physician Assistants is the Largest Cohort Yet, Breaking 2018 Record

• The number of newly Certified Physician Assistants (PAs) reached new heights in 2019, with more than 70% receiving multiple job offers before entering the workforce.

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As the Nation Grapples with COVID-19, More Physician Assistants are Poised to Join the Fight

• As the nation continues to battle COVID-19, a new report published by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) indicates that there is good news to share-- more Certified PAs are available to join the fight.

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PA Profession Continues to Gain Nationwide Momentum as Workforce Numbers and Salaries Increase

• For the fifth consecutive year, the number of Certified Physician Assistants in the United States continues to increase.

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