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PA-C Hayley Arceneaux makes history for space flight.

• PA-C  Hayley Arceneaux, a pediatric cancer survivor, became the youngest American to go to space last year after she spent three days in orbit on Space-X's Inspiration rocket. She is telling her story in a new book.

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NCCPA Update on Board Certification and Title Change Terminology

• Earlier this year, NCCPA’s Board of Directors examined the use of the term Board Certification when describing the certifying process PAs complete after graduating from an accredited PA program, passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination® (PANCE) and maintaining NCCPA certification. Reference to PANCE as “the boards” and NCCPA certification as “board certification” has been in use informally for decades and is routinely cited in credentialing documents.

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NCCPA “Certified PA Hero” Campaign

• In recognition of PA Week (October 6-12), NCCPA launched the “Certified PA Hero” campaign to increase awareness of Certified PAs and the quality care they provide to patients.

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NCCPA Inaugural REPRESENT! Summit – “When They See Us” Recap

• NCCPA held its first REPRESENT! Summit at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA, September 8-9, 2022. The Summit gathered clinically practicing PAs, PA faculty and educators, PA students and leaders of PA organizations to discuss strategies to develop and sustain Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts in the PA profession, diversify the PA workforce and promote inclusivity within PA educational and workplace settings.

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The Latest in HIV Prevention – NCCPA PA Ambassador Talks PrEP Injectable Treatment

• Martha Patricia Rodriguez, PA-C did not plan to specialize in HIV. As a new mom, she was desperate to find a job with a family-friendly schedule. She searched for PA jobs that would provide the flexibility she needed, and a position in HIV care turned up from a simple online job search.

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Important Information Regarding PANRE-LA Eligible PAs

• We are pleased to inform you that you have two options available for your recertification exam requirement – the new PANRE-Longitudinal Assessment (PANRE-LA) and the traditional PANRE.

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NCCPA Announces Student Attendees for 2022 REPRESENT! Summit

• Today NCCPA named the PA students that have been selected to attend the 2022 REPRESENT! Summit in September.

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NCCPA Board of Directors Approves New CAQ in OBGYN

• The NCCPA Board of Directors is pleased to announce their approval to develop a new Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN). Leaders from the Association of PAs in OBGYN (APAOG) reached out to NCCPA to request consideration of a CAQ in this specialty area.

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Dermatology PAs: Give Your Feedback on the Dermatology CAQ Content Blueprint

• PAs currently working in Dermatology are asked to give their feedback on the Dermatology Content Blueprint for the new Dermatology CAQ Exam.

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PANRE-LA Approved For AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME Credit

• Today, NCCPA and AAPA are pleased to announce that PANRE-LA has been approved by the AAPA for Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credit.

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Dermatology and Palliative Medicine/Hospice Care CAQs Coming Soon

• Two new Certificates of Added Qualifications (CAQs) will soon be available for Certified PAs. Earlier this year, the NCCPA Board of Directors recently approved the development of CAQs for dermatology and palliative medicine/hospice care (PM/HC).

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NCCPA Announces Permanent Alternative to PANRE, PANRE-LA

• Beginning in 2023, PAs will have two options for their recertification assessment. The traditional PANRE that is administered at Pearson VUE test centers will remain as one option, and NCCPA will also launch an official alternative longitudinal, take-at-home process.

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Celebrating #PAWeek 2021!

• Each year, NCCPA joins the nation in recognizing PAs’ dedication to providing high-quality, accessible health care to millions of patients across the country. As PAs continue to meet the needs of patients during the pandemic, it is especially time to for celebrate them, and to highlight the value that they bring to the American health care system.

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Got Questions? Text Us For Answers with the New NCCPA SMS Text Messaging Feature!

• Need a quick answer to your questions? Text NCCPA for answers!

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Apply Today to Join NCCPA’s PA Ambassador Program!

• Looking for additional ways to contribute to the PA profession? Join NCCPA’s PA Ambassador Program!

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Coming Soon to Your Inbox: NCCPA Practice Analysis!

• Want to have a direct impact on what’s included on the recertification exam? Here’s your chance to get involved! In early July, you will receive an email inviting you to participate in NCCPA’s practice analysis for the recertification exams.

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NCCPA.net Support for IE 11 to Discontinue on June 22

• NCCPA would like to inform site visitors that support for Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) will be discontinued on June 22.

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AAPA HOD Affirms Physician Associate as Official Title for PA Profession

• On May 24, 2021 the American Academy of PAs House of Delegates passed a resolution affirming “physician associate” as the official title for the PA profession by a majority vote of 198 to 68.

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NCCPA Named Best Place to Work in Health Care for Third Consecutive Year

• Earlier this month NCCPA received word that for the third time it had been named to the publication’s annual list of the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare.”

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Join the nccPA Health Foundation for a Kathy J. Pedersen Grant Virtual Q&A

• The nccPA Health Foundation would like to invite you to join them for a virtual Q&A session on their $5,000 Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care!

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Sign Up to Attend the Back 2 School Virtual Pep Rally on April 1!

• Learn how you can help prepare the next generation of Certified PAs by joining NCCPA for a one-of-a-kind virtual Back 2 School Pep Rally on Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m. (EST)!

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Update on Alternative to PANRE Pilot

• With the recent completion and scoring of the Alternative to PANRE Pilot, routine end-of-year logging activities and added quality assurance steps,  record processing is taking a little longer than usual.

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PA Week is Here!

• Each year, NCCPA joins the nation in recognizing Certified PAs’ dedication to providing high-quality, accessible health care to millions of patients across the country.

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Apply Today to Join NCCPA’s PA Ambassador Program!

• Looking for additional ways to contribute to the PA profession? Join NCCPA's PA Ambassador Program!

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NCCPA to Release Additional Portal Security Enhancements to Protect Your Data

• One year after the release of its two-factor (2FA) authentication feature, NCCPA proactively continues efforts to enhance the security of its PA, state board and file manager portals.

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PA Resilience During the Pandemic: Take the NCCPA COVID-19 Survey

• At the start of the new year, few could have predicted the events that would unfold over the past seven months.

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NCCPA Debuts Updated PAsDoThat Website

• Certified PAs practice medicine in every specialty and every setting across the United States.

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NCCPA Named One of the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” for Second Year

• Each year Modern Healthcare identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the health care industry on a national level.

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NCCPA Statement on Recent Acts of Violence

• Like so many across the United States, NCCPA is dismayed by the recent acts of violence and the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

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A Message from NCCPA’s President and CEO Regarding the Reopening of Test Centers

• We are pleased to announce that test delivery is now available for essential medical service providers, such as the PAs, at a subset of Pearson VUE test centers across the United States.

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