• PANCE/PANRE Review Resources


  • Here is a list of some of the best test prep resources for PAs and future PAs preparing for the PANCE or PANRE. For each review resource listed below, we include the following ratings information, based on survey responses of 3,000 PAs.  

     Review Materials:

    1. The number of PAs who used the review material
    2. The percentage of PAs who found the review material useful


    Featured PANCE/PANRE Resources

    • AAPA Online PANCE/PANRE Review
    • A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants

    AAPA and Hippo Education have partnered to offer the best online resource for PAs and PA students to pass the PANCE/PANRE exams. Follow the NCCPA blueprint with online lectures from our top educators, practice with 1,700+ questions, earn up to 50 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME, ask questions and more. AAPA members save $95.

    AAPA member rate: $400. Nonmember rate: $495.

     

    This new fifth edition is the foremost trusted preparation resource for the PANCE and PANRE. It features high-yield, outline-format review, and pre-test and post-test questions based on the blueprint of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Developed and endorsed by AAPA and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), this edition's content reflects up-to-date information and has been reviewed and validated by subject matter experts working in the field.

    March 2014. Editors: Claire B O'Connell, MPH, PA-C. Price: $65.99

     

  • Review Books


    • A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants
    • JB Review: Physician Assistant Review Guide, First Edition
    • Physician Assistant Exam Review: Pearls of Wisdom, Fifth Edition
    • Davis' Physician Assistant Exam Review: Focused Review for the PANCE and PANRE
    • Physician Assistant Board Review: Certification and Recertification with Online Exam Simulation
    • Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 18th Edition

    This new fifth edition is the foremost trusted preparation resource for the PANCE and PANRE. It features high-yield, outline-format review, and pre-test and post-test questions based on the blueprint of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Developed and endorsed by AAPA and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), this edition's content reflects up-to-date information and has been reviewed and validated by subject matter experts working in the field.

    March 2014. Editors: Claire B O'Connell, MPH, PA-C. Price: $65.99

     

    This comprehensive overview for PAs preparing for the PANCE or PANRE extensively covers every topic PAs need to know, including cardiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, neurology, oncology, pediatrics, women's health and more. Also features a straightforward question format, with questions designed for both new graduates and practicing clinicians; test-taking strategies; detailed illustrations and photographs; answer explanations; and more.

    Copyright (c) 2010. ISBN: 0763752665. Authors: David Paulk, EdD, PA-C, and Donna Agnew, MT, PA-C. Pages: 512. Price: $84.95. Contact: Jones and Bartlett Customer Service, 800-832-0034, ext. 8197.

    169  used the material.  
    58% found material useful.  

    This powerful, result-oriented study guide delivers everything you need to improve knowledge, confidence and recall. Featuring a rigorous quick-hit Q&A format, consisting of short clinical questions with concise answers, this is an effective tool when preparing for the PA certification and recertification exam.

    May 2014. ISBN: 0071821368 / 9780071821360. Authors: Daniel Thibodeau and Scott H. Plantz. Pages: 512. Price: $47.20. Contact: McGraw Hill Customer Service, 877-833-5524.

    339 used material.
    56% found material useful.

    Pass your PANCE and PANRE exams-guaranteed! Divided into two sections-Essentials and Performance-this text provides you with exam-style questions, complete with rationales for correct and incorrect answers, and simulated exams so you can practice. This edition features even more questions in the book and on the Mac/PC compatible CD-ROM.

    Copyright (c) 2013. ISBN: 13: 978-0-8036-2951-6. Author: Morton A. Diamond. Pages: 350. Price: $53.95. Contact: F. A. Davis Co., 800-323-3555.

    388  used material
    68% found material useful.

    Whether you're a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, you understand how important obtaining and maintaining your certification is. Written by a PA educator and director of an annual PANCE/PANRE board review program, this new interactive study guide embodies the practice-makes-perfect philosophy by offering you hundreds of questions, along with the quickest and most thorough review of the material tested in PANCE and PANRE.

    July 2006. ISBN: 978-1-4160-2598-6. Author: James Van Rhee, MS, PA-C. Pages: 448. Price: $61.95.Contact: Elsevier Publishing, 800-545-2522.

    710 used material.
    73% found material useful.

    Extensively revised and expanded by the world's leading physicians, Harrison's continues to set the standard as the pinnacle of current medical knowledge and practice, offering the definitive review of disease mechanisms and management.

    April 2015. ISBN: 0071802150 / 9780071802154. Editors: Dennis Kasper, Joseph Loscalzo, Stephen Hauser, Anthony Fauci, J. Jameson, Dan Longo. Pages: 3,000. Price: $249.

    731 used material.
    53% found material useful.  

  • Practice Exams


    • Rosh Review
    • NCCPA Practice Exams
    • Med-Challenger PA
    • PAEasy
    • Exam Master
    • Kaplan's PANCE/PANRE Qbank

    1,500 NCCPA Board-style questions mapped to the blueprint. Thoroughly researched and continually updated explanations. Exclusive "One Step Further" questions to reinforce content. High-yield, rapid review to solidify knowledge. Integrated audio and video, with detailed high-definition color images. Immediate statistical feedback and score predictor.

    Price: 12 months for $149 comes with free iPhone & Android App.

    NCCPA offers practice exams to assist PAs in the preparation for PANCE and PANRE. The questions help PAs assess their relative strengths and weaknesses, to direct their study efforts and to familiarize themselves with the type of questions encountered in the actual certifying examination.     

    1,983  used material.
    77% found material useful.  

    Med-Challenger PA provides a PANCE-style self-assessment question-and-answer online library. Over 4,500 exam-style Q&A with instant feedback, detailed answer explanations and references. Content organized and weighted upon the NCCPA exam specifications.

    Price: $325 (1-year subscription).     

    157 used material.
    48% found material useful.   

    Contains 1,400 questions that simulate the PANCE and PANRE, along with answers, full explanations and customizable features.

    Price for one-month subscription: $79.     

    169 used material
    64found material useful.

    Provides 3,000 questions to simulate the PANCE and PANRE. Exam Master has two available options, each containing different questions, distributed over five blocks of 60 questions each. Test questions are organized and presented based on the distribution provided in the NCCPA PANCE blueprint.

    Price for one-month subscription: $79.

    416  used material.
    62% found material useful. 

    Kaplan's PANCE/PANRE Qbank provides 1,100 questions, each mapped to the NCCPA blueprint, with complete explanations provided for answers.

    Price for one-month subscription: $99. Price for 12 months: $199.

    373 used material.
    75found material useful.  

  • Online or Self-study Review Courses


    • AAPA Online PANCE/PANRE Review
    • The Core Content Review of Family Medicine
    • HELP PANCE PANRE Review
    • UMDNJ (now Rutgers) Physician Assistant Certification & Recertification Examination Review Course
    • Emory University Home Study Board Review DVD Course

    AAPA and Hippo Education have partnered to offer the best online resource for PAs and PA students to pass the PANCE/PANRE exams. Follow the NCCPA blueprint with online lectures from our top educators, practice with 1,700+ questions, earn up to 50 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME, ask questions and more. AAPA members save $95.

    AAPA member rate: $400. Nonmember rate: $495.

     

    This home-study CME and board preparation program is available in print, CD, online and flash drive. It covers more than 45 different topic categories to help you study and pass PANCE/PANRE. Guaranteed or your money back! 60 hours of AAFP-prescribed CME (NCCPA accepts AAFP-prescribed CME to fulfill Category 1 requirements.)

    Offers complete, concise review of all NCCPA blueprint topics in an interactive online format. Access is available with computer, tablet iPad or smartphone via internet. Over 4,200 questions in formats geared towards quick understanding are included. The 2014 upgrade also includes the FA Davis PA Exam Review in an online format at no extra charge. 100% money back guarantee is offered if you do not pass your exam. Approved for 40 Category 1 CME credits.

    Price: $324.95

    The UMDNJ PA program now offers an online version of its popular comprehensive live review course. The content includes all topics on the NCCPA blueprint and includes practice questions to enhance performance on the PANCE/PANRE. Allows MP3 downloads to media players and CDs. Approved for 26.5 Category 1 CME credits.

    Price: $349 

    191  used material.
    80% found material useful.  

    DVD set for Windows 8/7/XP/Vista and Apple/Mac computers with DVD players. DVD has bonus MP3 audio files for download to iPod or other music player, M4V video files for Android, iPhone iPad and iPod Touch PDAs, and smartphones. Contains PDF handouts, practice test with answers and CME test. And includes two weeks of PANCE and PANRE electronic practice tests, using ExamMaster Online. The Emory University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 36 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Available Jan 1, 2013−Jan. 1, 2016. Discounts are available for PA students, PA programs, Emory alumni, GAPA and active military.

    Price: $390.    

    222  used material.
    77% found material useful.  

  • Additional Review Resources


    • National Medical Series for Independent Study: Surgery, Fifth Edition
    • Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) 16

    Now, in its 5th Edition, NMS Surgery is a concise, outlined review of surgery. This edition has been thoroughly updated and streamlined to focus on essential material. Questions have been revised to better reflect the level of difficulty of shelf/end-of-rotation exams. The book has a new two-color design with more illustrations and wider margins for notes.

    April 2007. ISBN: 9780781759014. Editors: Bruce Jarrell and R. A. Carabasi; Pages: 645. Price: $51.99. Contact: Lippincot, Williams & Wilkins, 800-638-0672.

    76  used material.
    45% found material useful.   

    Available in print, CD-ROM and online. MKSAP 16 Digital contains 11 specialty sections, each of which is designated for between 10 and 24 credits. Up to 174 AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment Credits are available if the participant choses to complete all sections. 

    Price: varies.

    135  used material.
    63% found material useful.   

  • Disclaimer


    The information contained on this page is for general information purposes only. Educational providers listed on this page must contact AAPA to use any part of the survey results.