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Background Questions

• Every two years during the certification maintenance cycles and when a PA applies for an NCCPA exam, they are required to answer three background questions which are listed below.

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Competencies for the PA Profession

• This document defines the specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that physician assistants (PA) in all clinical specialties and settings in the United States should be able to demonstrate throughout their careers.

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PANCE Sample Performance Profile

• The content blueprint for PANCE is used as a guideline when items are selected for the Practice Exams. However, because the Practice Exam has fewer items than PANCE, the content areas contain a smaller number of items than on PANCE.

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PANCE Pass Rate

• Exam Development and Passing Standards The content blueprints for NCCPA’s exams are based on scientific analyses of PA practice conducted approximately every five years. Exam questions are written by clinically practicing Certified PAs and physicians.

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2019 PANCE Sample Questions

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Code of Conduct

• The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) endeavors to assure the public that certified physician assistants (PAs) meet professional standards of knowledge and skills. Additionally, NCCPA attempts to ensure that the PAs it certifies are upholding appropriate standards of professionalism and ethics in practice. The NCCPA’s Code of Conduct for Certified and Certifying PAs and PAs with the PA-C Emeritus Designation (the "Code of Conduct") outlines principles that all certified or certifying PAs and PAs holding the PA-C Emeritus designation are expected to uphold.

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Name Changes

• To take any NCCPA exam, examinees must present two forms of ID at the testing center; a primary and secondary ID or two primary IDs.

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PANCE Content Blueprint

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Testing Accommodations

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What to Expect on Test Day

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