New Approach to PA Recertification Being Explored 

Since 2014, NCCPA has been focused on a pivotal question: How can we maintain the generalist nature of the PA-C credential through a recertification model that serves the public interest and better reflects the current state of PA practice in which more than 70% of PAs are practicing outside of primary care? 

In November 2015 NCCPA published a possible new approach to the PA recertification exam process for public comment and sought feedback from certified PAs through a variety of means. That formal comment period closed on June 15.

NCCPA is now considering the feedback received from PAs and PA organizations while also soliciting input from other key stakeholders: the public, state licensing boards, employers and physicians.

This continues to be a deliberative, evidence-based process, and updates will be shared here and through other means as they are available. If the published model or a derivative of it were approved, it would not be fully implemented until at least 2023.

Latest Updates:

  • New! On September 6, NCCPA hosted a meeting attended by leaders from AAPA, PAEA and ARC-PA during which participants had an opportunity to share their perspectives on potential changes to the PA recertification process and to discuss the current state of affairs among these key national organizations. All agreed that meeting was positive, productive and useful. The organization leaders confirmed their commitment to both the PA profession and a continuing dialog. Read more here. (Added September 7, 2016)

  • Recertification Requirements Among Health Care Organizations (Added August 1, 2016)

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Here Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C and NCCPA president & CEO shares her perspective on two key questions:

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