Registration Closes Early September for Physician Assistant New Specialty Exam

New program allows physician assistants to demonstrate expertise in their specialty

JOHNS CREEK, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) will be closing registration on September 2 for the inaugural administration of the 2011 Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) examinations for certified physician assistants (PA-Cs) practicing in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Psychiatry. However, registration for subsequent years’ administrations will remain open.

Dr. Richard A. Marasa, medical director of emergency medicine at Springfield Hospital, has experience working with PAs and has the following to say about NCCPA’s new CAQ program, “We look for any and all ways to demonstrate competency in emergency medicine and I see the CAQ as one valuable measure to document experience and knowledge in our specialty.”

The first CAQ exam will be administered on September 12, 2011 across the nation. Participating PA-Cs will have the opportunity to be a part of the inaugural group to earn a CAQ and achieve recognition of their knowledge and experience in their respective areas of practice.

To qualify for a CAQ, PA-Cs must first satisfy two basic prerequisites: (1) current NCCPA certification, and (2) possession of a valid, unrestricted license to practice as a PA in at least one jurisdiction in the U.S. or its territories, or unrestricted privileges to practice as a PA for a government agency. For PA-Cs meeting those basic prerequisites, the CAQ process includes four core requirements: (1) Category I specialty CME, (2) one to two years of experience, (3) procedures and patient case experience appropriate for the specialty, and (4) a specialty exam.

For more information or to register for the September 12 CAQ exam, please visit or call 678-417-8100.

About the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only credentialing organization for physician assistants in the United States. Since its inception as a not-for-profit organization in 1975, more than 86,000 physician assistants have been certified by NCCPA. In addition to its CAQ program, NCCPA also administers initial and recertifying exams, and has an established program for maintenance of certification.


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