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

Greetings to PANCE and PANRE Candidates:

The NCCPA staff and I know that this is a challenging time for everyone, and we appreciate your patience. 

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. Not all test centers will be immediately open due to factors such as local government guidance, business operations, staff availability, and the supply of cleaning and disinfectant materials. Your health and safety are paramount for both NCCPA and Pearson VUE alike and more test centers will be available as soon as feasible based on the factors above.

Pearson VUE’s test centers are following government guidelines for social distancing and limiting the number of individuals, including staff, in the test center at any time. As a result of these measures, appointment availability will be extremely limited. Also, because the situation rapidly changes as this pandemic impacts different areas of our country, the list of open test centers may be revised as additional centers are added or as others close. Please continue to check for appointment availability often as Pearson VUE works to increase availability as quickly as possible.

In addition to social distancing, Pearson VUE has advised that they are cleaning and disinfecting the open test centers, including all objects candidates interact with, such as scanners, keyboards, and locker fobs, with increased frequency and between each test taker. You will be allowed to bring a face mask and/or protective gloves to wear during your exam appointment if you wish to do so. Please note: you will be asked to briefly remove the mask during the check-in process to verify your identity and take your photo. 

If you have applied for PANCE or PANRE and have received your exam acknowledgement notice, please visit Pearson VUE’s web site at to schedule (or reschedule, if your exam date was previously canceled) your exam online. If you need to contact Pearson VUE by phone, please be patient, as they are experiencing longer wait times than usual due to the level of support needed during this time. As always, the NCCPA is standing by to answer any questions you may have, as well.  Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected].

Thank you for your patience as NCCPA and Pearson VUE work through these unprecedented times. We want you to know that we are doing all we can to support you in your important role as health care providers — especially during this time of critical need. 

Best regards,

Dawn Morton-Rias, EdD, PA-C

NCCPA President/CEO