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NCCPA Certification


The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for physician assistants in the United States. In order to obtain licensure to practice as a PA in South Carolina, one must first be certified by the NCCPA.


Once an applicant graduates from an accredited physician assistant program, he/she may register and take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) for initial certification. After successful completion of the PANCE, NCCPA certification will be issued and the PA-C designation may be used.


Certification must be renewed every two years. To maintain certification, PAs must log at least 100 credits of CME and pay a certification maintenance fee by December 31 of the certification expiration year. At least 50 CME credits must be Category 1 CME credits. The remaining 50 credits can be Category 1, Category 2, or a combination of both.


In addition to CME requirements, PAs must also pass a recertification assessment. NCCPA has recently transitioned to a 10-year certification maintenance process. PAs may take the Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE) during the ninth or tenth year of their PA-C certification maintenance cycle.


For more information on PA certification, please visit the NCCPA website here


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