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National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)12/21/2017
December 2017

Pilot Program Opening Soon

Complete Your Profile by Year End for Access to Valuable Reports

Certification Maintenance Requirements "Wrap Up"

Highlighting NCCPA Leadership: Four Board Members Conclude NCCPA Service this Month

Don't Miss Out on Be the CHANCE Grant Funding

Happy Holidays From Your Friends at the PA History Society!

We know that this is a busy time for celebrations with family, friends and colleagues. As you prepare to wind down for 2017 and welcome new prospects for 2018, the NCCPA Board of Directors and staff would like to thank for your PA service during 2017 and wish you all the best for the holiday season and year ahead.

Pilot Program Registration Opening Soon!

We trust that you have heard or read about the alternative to PANRE that NCCPA will soon pilot. Registration for the pilot opens January 2.

All PAs who are due to take PANRE in 2018 or 2019 and who have not already exhausted all four PANRE attempts are eligible for the pilot alternative to PANRE.If you are in this group of PAs, please consider taking part in this pilot program. We hope PAs from across the US representing the full spectrum of PA practice and experience will elect to register for the pilot. Your participation and feedback on the process will shape the future of PA recertification.

Beginning January 2, eligible PAs will be presented with the option to register for the pilot after signing in to their secure online certification portal. Registration closes June 30, 2018, and the pilot assessment will launch in January 2019.

Not yet clear on how the pilot will work? Watch this video or read more at our website.

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Complete Your Profile by Year End for Access to Valuable Reports

Things change quickly! Three years ago, the concept of “fake news” and the cybercurrency “bitcoin” were largely unknowns. Much has changed in the world since then, and chances are much has changed in your professional practice as well.

If you haven’t updated your PA Professional Profile lately in your online record at, please do so now.

That will ensure your experiences are part of the aggregated data that will be published in our 2018 statistical reports. These reports illustrate the impact of Certified PAs on the health care landscape and continue to be valuable to employers, medical/PA boards and health policy makers, etc. Your profile update also ensures your continued access to valuable reports that compare your practice characteristics to all certified PAs, as well as PAs in your state and in your specialty. Those reports illustrate comparisons in the areas of salary, years in practice, hours practiced per week, and much more.

To complete or update your profile and access those personalized reports, click on the “My Professional Profile” tab in the left-hand menu bar of your online record by December 31.

If you review your profile and find that nothing has changed, signal that to us just by going through and clicking the submit button at the end.

Please don’t delay: complete or update your profile today!

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Certification Maintenance Requirements "Wrap Up"

It’s that time of year again – to wrap up any outstanding 2017 certification maintenance requirements. View your “to do” list by signing in to your online record. Certification updates will be processed nightly through Dec. 31 for those who complete requirements.

If you have any questions about your certification maintenance requirements or records, please contact us at 678-417-8100 (M-F, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Eastern) or

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Highlighting NCCPA Leadership: Four Board Members Conclude NCCPA Service this Month

We continue our series on the NCCPA Board of Directors, which establishes the strategic direction, determines policies, and provides high level oversight of the work of NCCPA. Thank you to these four dedicated volunteers for their years of service to Certified PAs and all those who rely upon the PA-C credential.

At the end of this month, Jennifer Madonia, MS, PA-C; John H. Stuemky, M.D., FAAP; Cynthia Flournoy, FACHE, RHIA, MS; and Claudette Dalton, M.D. will end their terms on the NCCPA Board of Directors.

Jennifer Madonia, MS, PA-C has served as a PA Director-at-Large since 2011, chairing committees and serving a term as the Board secretary. She has over 15 years of experience working in hospital leadership, clinical research, community fundraising and the pharmaceutical industry.

Madonia has worked as a PA in many sub-specialty areas, and currently works at Invicro and the Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders.

Read about other Board members who are concluding their service here.

Many thanks to each of these members who have shown a passion for Certified PAs, the work of NCCPA and the advancement of the profession!

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PA History Society LogoDon't Miss Out on Be the CHANGE Grant Funding
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The nccPA Health Foundation has funding remaining for its Be the CHANGE grant program. Plan a change to improve health in your community, and don’t miss out on these dollars!

This $1,000 grant program is intended to Create Health Access Now for Greater Equity through patient education, screenings, or other outreach. Funded 2017 work includes community education for diabetes management, medical mission trips, establishment of a PA-led community paramedicine program, and health education and care for a variety of underserved populations.

Grants are considered as received until all funds are expended, and projects can extend into 2018. Get started designing a project to help address a public health need in your community.  

Interested? Learn more here or email with questions!


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PA History Society LogoHappy Holidays From Your Friends at the PA History Society!

Are you looking for a last-minute holiday gift? Honor a military or uniformed services PA with an engraved brick paver in the only Veterans Garden to honor strictly PAs. Space is still available in the beautiful garden located at the Stead Center in Durham, NC. The Society website features a list of PA veterans and those actively serving in the uniformed services that identifies who does and does not already have a brick. All the details on how to order an engraved paver to honor your special PA this holiday season are located on the PAHx website.

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Stay up-to-date on "all things PA history" by connecting with u s on social media. Please be sure to “like” PA History Society on Facebookto receive weekly updates and follow the Society on TwitterLinkedInand our Blog.

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At NCCPA, we work to promote the role, impact and qualifications of Certified PAs in many ways including through the media. Below is a recent published article and social media channel we created.

  • NCCPA is expanding on social media and has added a YouTube Channel. Check out our videos, including our monthly series “NCCPA in 60ish Seconds!”  You can also see whiteboard animations of why PAs are “Proud to be a PA-C.”

  • Certified PA Ambreen Nadeem gives reasons why PAs are Experts in Preventive Care in this month’s Physicians Practice blog.

Want to get involved? If you have a great article idea or a story to share, contact PR manager, Mary Rittle, at

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What’s Happening at NCCPA? Check out our new video “November 2017: NCCPA in 60 Seconds!” which portrays just some of the things that happened at NCCPA last month. 

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