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NCCPAs Proposal for Re-Examining and Re-Certification

Tuesday, February 9, 2016   (3 Comments)
Posted by: Missy Machkhashvili
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NCCPA is proposing and NEW Re-examining and Re-Certification for PA Professionals


This week, all certified PAs will be asked to complete an important survey about potential changes to the PANRE.  A new examination model is being considered by the NCCPA Board of Directors and they are seeking feedback on the changes from certified PAs and other key stakeholders.


The new model would replace the PANRE with periodic take-at-home, open book core knowledge exams and a secure, times specialty-related assessment take at the end of every 10 year certification maintenance cycle.


During the Leadership and Advocacy Summit in Arlington, VA last week, an open forum was facilitated where some lively discussion and concerns were expressed.  Summary of Questions Raised by Attendees of LAS (PDF).  This survey is your opportunity to voice your opinion on the proposed changes and we encourage you to make your voice heard!


You can read more about the proposed re-certification at


White Paper Proposal


Please email your comments and questions regarding the new process to




Michael A. Long says...
Posted Thursday, February 18, 2016
I am opposed to this new exam proposal. Frankly, I am opposed to the new 10 year cycle recertification process. The NCCPA survey is biased. I see no evidence that these two new processes are going to validate us as practitioners or in some way enhance our abilities. This notion that we need to diversify for specialty certification only complicates the recertification process. Ultimately we need to be versed in core medical knowledge no matter where we practice. I feel the profession is somehow trying to validate our place in medicine by complicating the certification process. The Self Assessment and Performance Improvement requirements are more busy work. If this is a subtle move to eventually try claim we can be independent practitioners as a way to appear equal to the Nurse Practitioners, I am opposed to this as well. We should have a clear concise recertification process that is universal and applicable to core medical knowledge that is also cost effective.
Sandra L. Giovinazzo-Yates says...
Posted Thursday, February 18, 2016
My opinion is to keep certification as is. I do not favor the specialized exam changes, as we are certified as general practitioners and so all who desire that certification need to be well versed in general medicine.
Administration says...
Posted Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Here is a link to the recent White Page Proposal

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