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National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)5/8/2017
The future of PANRE and NCCPA legislative activities

Dear Colleague:

We are writing to update you on two important outcomes of recent NCCPA Board of Directors deliberations about:

  1. The future of PANRE and

  2. NCCPA legislative activities.

Regarding PANRE

At its meeting this weekend, the NCCPA Board of Directors acknowledged that in the context of maintaining high standards of knowledge and skills, which are the hallmarks of the PA profession, technological advances afford us the opportunity to develop new approaches to ensuring we all remain current throughout our careers.  

Thus, in addition to work already underway to narrow the content of PANRE to core medical knowledge essential for practice across all disciplines, today we announce that NCCPA is committed to piloting alternatives to its current high-stakes recertification exam requirement by 2020. We do not yet have details about the alternatives and will share more information as soon as we are able.

Regarding Legislative Activities

The Board acknowledges the value of working with AAPA and its constituent organizations to advance modernization of PA practice laws and regulations.

Also, in keeping with its duty to the public, NCCPA will continue to monitor the legislative and regulatory landscape to protect public interest and the credibility of the PA-C credential by ensuring certification and recertification requirements are maintained.

There have been many recent communications from other PA leaders that have mischaracterized the actions of the NCCPA. For more information regarding NCCPA’s legislative efforts, please click here.

Mary L. Warner, MMSc, PA-C NCCPA Board Chair

Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed. D., PA-C NCCPA President/CEO

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants is dedicated to serving the interest of the public. We do so with a passionate belief that certified physician assistants are essential members of the health care delivery team who provide millions access to more affordable, high quality health care.

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