NCCPA Research

NCCPA has a robust repository of data on Certified PA demographic and practice characteristics, and we are grateful to the Certified PAs who take the time and effort to provide this data by updating their PA profiles each year. The information collected in the PA profile is compiled and is used to produce four annual reports regarding PA practice, which you can find below. 

Requesting Data for Research Projects and Studies

We are pleased to offer a variety of reports, publications, tables, charts, and graphs reflecting data collected by NCCPA.  

In addition to the publication of those reports, NCCPA pursues a research agenda that focuses on its core activities and the ongoing evaluation and improvement of its exams and certification program. NCCPA is also committed to collaborating with external researchers to share data in appropriate and ethical ways to further advance the health and safety of the public or otherwise conduct useful research related to PAs. To facilitate research collaborations, NCCPA has developed Policies for the Review of Requests for Data and External Research Collaboration and guidelines that describe the process external researchers must follow for submitting requests for data and how those requests will be reviewed.

External data requests are reviewed during the Research Advisory Workgroup meetings. The dates for the 2024 meetings of the Research Advisory Workgroup are:

  • March 28, 3:00pm
  • June 13, 1:00pm
  • September 5, 3:00pm
  • December 19, 3:00pm

Please have all completed applications in two weeks before each meeting to be added to the agenda. For further information regarding data requests, please contact:

Kasey Puckett, Research Analyst

NCCPA Peer-Reviewed Publications Reference List

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NCCPA Research Projects

Summary Report for the 2022 PANCE Practice Analysis

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2021 Beyond Entry-Level PA Practice Analysis Summary Report

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2022 Statistical Profile of Board Certified PAs by State

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Demographics of Physician Associates (PAs) in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Where They Work and How They Compare to Other PAs

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The Influence of Patient Care, Shadowing, and Volunteer Experience on Diverse Applicant Matriculation Into Physician Assistant/Associate Programs

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2022 Statistical Profile of Recently Board Certified PAs

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Physician Assistant/Associate Burnout and Intention to Leave Principal Clinical Position: A National Cross-Sectional Analysis

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Enhancing Access to Mental Health Services: The Growing Use of Telemedicine Among PAs in Psychiatry

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Public experience with and perspectives on medical care provided by PAs

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2022 Statistical Profile of Board Certified PAs by Specialty

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2022 Specialty Supplement Report on Secondary Specialty

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Characteristics and Contributions of Physician Assistants/Associates Practicing in Psychiatry

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The Important Role and Contributions of PAs in Hospital Settings

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2022 Statistical Profile of Board Certified PAs

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The association of physician assistant/ associate demographic and practice characteristics with perceptions of value of certification

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Archives of Dermatological Research – Characteristics of Physician Associates/Assistants in Dermatology

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Taylor & Francis Online – Applied Measurement in Education: Equating with Small and Unbalanced Samples

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2021 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs by State

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BMC Health Services Research – Physician Assistant/Associate Retirement Intent: Seeking the Exit Ramp

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2021 Statistical Profile of Recently Certified PAs

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2021 Specialty Supplement Report on Secondary Specialty

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2021 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs by Specialty

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2021 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs

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Public Perceptions of Physician Assistants Report from 2018 and 2022 Surveys

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PAs Practicing in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care: 2021 Survey Results

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JAMA Dermatology – Evaluation of the Dermatology Physician Assistant Workforce in the US

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2020 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs by State

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2020 Statistical Profile of Recently Certified PAs

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SAGE – Journal of Patient Experience: What Factors Matter Most to Consumers and Patients?

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2020 Specialty Supplement Report on Secondary Specialty

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2020 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs by Specialty

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2020 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs

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JAAPA-PAs in the National Guard and Reserves: Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard

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Value of Certification

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COVID-19 Survey Study Descriptive Report

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Journal of Medical Regulation-Public Knowledge and Beliefs Regarding Licensure, Certification and Medical Education of Physician Assistants

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JAAPA-The Role of PAs in providing Mental Health Care

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2019 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants

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BMC Geriatrics- Physician Assistants in Geriatric Medical Care

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Military Medicine- Physician Assistants Employed by the Federal Government.

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JAAPA- PA Practice Analysis: Multidisciplinary Tasks, Knowledge, and Skills

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PAEA – Journal of Physician Assistant Education: A Retrospective Review of Physician Assistant

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JAAPA-Physician Assistant Dual Employment

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2019 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants by Specialty

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2019 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants by State

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2019 Statistical Profile of Recently Certified Physician Assistants

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2018 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants

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2018 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants by Specialty

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2018 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants by State

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2018 Statistical Profile of Recently Certified Physician Assistants

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2017 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants

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2017 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants by Specialty

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2017 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants by State

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2017 Statistical Profile of Recently Certified Physician Assistants

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2016 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants

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2016 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants by Specialty

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2016 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants by State

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2016 Statistical Profile of Recently Certified Physician Assistants

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2015 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants

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2015 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants by Specialty

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2015 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants by State

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2015 Statistical Profile of Recently Certified Physician Assistants

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2014 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants

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2014 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants by State

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2014 Statistical Profile of Recently Certified Physician Assistants

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2013 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants

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2013 Statistical Profile of Recently Certified Physician Assistants

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2013 Income from Physician Assistant Positions by Principal Clinical Position

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