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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 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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A Note from the NCCPA President and CEO, Dawn Morton-Rias, on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

• The NCCPA staff and I continue to monitor developments surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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For media inquiries contact:

For media inquiries contact:

Erica Evans-Banks
Senior Director of Communications
Phone: +1 678.417.8685

Fall CAQ Administration Window

Fall administration window for all CAQ exams

Fall CAQ Application Deadline

Deadline to apply for a Fall CAQ Exam Administration

Topics in the Tropics- AAPA Veterans Caucus

December 9-12, 2021

Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants

November 4-7, 2021

Stanford University

October 29, 2021

Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants

October 27-30, 2021

Hawaii Association of PAs (HAPA) Conference

October 18-22, 2021

National Association of Medical Staff Services

October 18-21, 2021

Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum

October 10-15, 2021

New York State Society of Physician Assistants

October 8-10, 2021

Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants

October 7-10, 2021

Ohio Academy of Physician Assistants

September 24-26, 2021

University of the Cumberlands

September 17, 2021

Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants

September 16-17, 2021

Oregon Society of Physician Assistants

September 9-12, 2021

Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants

September 8-12, 2021

Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS) Conference

September 6-10, 2021

University of Alabama Birmingham

September 3, 2021

North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants

August 18, 2021

Hardin-Simmons University

August 12, 2021

Yale University

July 30, 2021

Florida Academy of Physician Assistants

July 28-August 1, 2021

Virginia Academy of PAs

July 25-31, 2021

Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants (MOAPA)

July 22, 2021

State University of New York Upstate Medical University

July 2, 2021

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

June 29, 2021

Claflin University

June 12, 2021

American Academy of PAs Annual Conference

May 22- 26, 2021

Colorado Mesa University

May 11, 2021

Society of Emergency Physician Assistants (SEMPA) Conference

May 10-14, 2021

Bay Path University

May 3, 2021

South College – Atlanta Campus

April 28, 2021

Interservice Physician Assistant Program

April 21, 2021

De Sales University

April 15, 2021

Washington Academy of Physician Assistants

April 14, 2021

Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants

April 8, 2021

Midwestern University

April 2, 2021

Rosalind-Franklin University

March 26, 2021

Texas Southern University

March 26, 2021

Association of Family Practice PAs and NPs Conference

March 24-25 2021

Carroll University

March 3-5, 2021

Louisiana Academy of PAs (LAPA)

March 3-5, 2021

Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants

March 4, 2021

Eastern Virginia Medical School

March 2, 2021

Lenoir-Rhyne University

February 26, 2021

Spelman College

February 25, 2021

Gardner Webb University

February 25, 2021

Fort Valley State University

February 16, 2021

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

February 12, 2021

Tougaloo College

February 8, 2021

For media inquiries contact:

Erica Evans-Banks
Senior Director of Communications
Phone: +1 678.417.8685

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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For media inquiries contact:

Erica Evans-Banks
Senior Director of Communications
Phone: +1 678.417.8685

PA Insights With NCCPA Podcasts

The PA Insights with NCCPA podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean and wherever you enjoy podcasts.
Our latest episodes can be found below, but we encourage you to subscribe directly via your favorite podcast platform to ensure that you don’t miss an episode.

Back 2 School with NCCPA

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NCCPA PA Ambassadors

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5 Answers About CME Logging and the CME Auditing Process

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How Are NCCPA Exams Developed?

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PAs in Mental Health

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A Conversation with NCCPA President and CEO Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D., PA-C

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Preparing for PANCE

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The Disciplinary Review Process

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For media inquiries contact:

Erica Evans-Banks
Senior Director of Communications
Phone: +1 678.417.8685

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