Cookie Notice

Last Updated: November 3, 2023


This Cookie Notice (“Notice”) explains how The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Inc. (“NCCPA,” “us,” or “we”) uses “cookies” or similar technologies on our websites that link to this Notice (such as (referred to collectively, as the “Website”).

When you first access our Website from certain jurisdictions, you will receive a message advising you that cookies and similar technologies are in use. By clicking “Accept all” you signify that you understand and agree to the use of these technologies, as described in this Notice.  In certain jurisdictions where you do not receive a message, your use of our Website will be deemed to be your consent to the placement of cookies on your computer or other devices.

You do not have to accept cookies and consent can be withdrawn at any time (see How to Control Cookies, below). If you prefer not to receive cookies through our Website, you can adjust your cookie preferences here  , or set your browser to either reject all or some cookies. If you decide not to receive cookies through our Website, then your use of the Website may not be as efficient as it would be if the cookie were enabled, and some parts of the Website may not work at all.

What Are Cookies

Cookies are small files containing a string of characters that we (or third parties) may store on your computer or mobile device when you access the Website.  When you access the Website again, the cookies allow us to recognize your browser. Cookies may store your preferences and other information but cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites.

Cookies set by a website owner (in this case, NCCPA) are called “first-party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the Website owner are called “third-party cookies”. Third-party cookies enable us to provide third-party features or functionality through the Website (i.e. advertising, social media functions and analytics).

Cookies which expire and are automatically erased when you close your browser window are called “session cookies”.  We use session cookies to grant our users access to content and to enable actions such as remembering applications or CME activities as you are in the process of entering them.  Cookies which have an expiration date in the distant future and remain in your browser until they expire or you manually delete them are called “persistent cookies”. We may use persistent cookies to better understand usage patterns so we can improve the Website for our users. For example, we may use a persistent cookie to associate you with your user account or to remember your choices on the Website.

The Cookies We Use

Cookies make the use of our Website easier by, among other things, saving your preferences. We may also use cookies to deliver content tailored to your interests. Our cookies may enable us to relate your use of the Website to personal data that you previously provided.

The information that we collect with cookies allows us to statistically analyze usage of the Website, and to improve and customize our content and other offerings. However, we only disclose information collected with cookies to third parties on an aggregated basis without the use of any information that personally identifies you.

The specific types of first-party and third-party cookies placed by our Website and the purposes they perform are described in the table below:

Type of Cookies Who serves these cookies How to Refuse

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Websites, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing.





These cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the Website and therefore cannot be refused. They can be deleted or blocked using your browser settings, however (see How to Control Cookies, below).


Performance and Analytics Cookies

These are used to recognize you when you return to our Website. This enables us to analyze website use, personalize our content for you and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region), but are non-essential to the performance of our Website.


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These cookies can be deleted or blocked using your browser settings (see How to Control Cookies, below).


Functionality Cookies

These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by us or by third-party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.

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How to control cookies

You do not have to accept cookies and consent can be withdrawn at any time, although you may not be able to use certain features of our Website. You can do this by adjusting your cookie preferences here , or by activating the settings on your browser that allows you to refuse all or some cookies.

Please follow the links below to helpful information for the most popular browsers:

In addition, you can exercise advertising cookie choices by visiting:

Web beacons

As well as cookies, we use other technologies to recognise and track your use of our Website. A web beacon (also known as a “tracking pixel” or “clear GIF”) is a clear graphic image (typically a one-pixel tag) that is delivered through a web browser or HTML e-mail, typically in conjunction with a cookie.

Web beacons allows us, for example, to monitor how users move from one page within our Websites to another, to track access to our communications, to understand whether users have come to our Websites from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party Website, to measure how ads have been viewed and to improve site performance.

Targeting advertising

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other Websites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and service that you may be interested in. They may also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements.

Changes to this Notice

We may occasionally amend this Notice to reflect NCCPA activities and user feedback, and we reserve the right to make changes to this Notice at any time. The provisions contained in this Notice supersede all previous notices or policies regarding our privacy practices with respect to cookies and similar technologies. Please check the “Last Updated” legend at the top of this page to see when this Notice was last revised. We encourage you to check frequently to see the current Notice to be informed of how NCCPA uses cookies and similar technologies to improve content on our Website to enhance your experience.


If you have any questions or comments regarding our Notice or our Website, please contact us here [email protected] or by phone at 678-417-8100.