NCCPA Announces Permanent Alternative to PANRE

Two-Year Pilot Leads to New Testing Format

December 3, 2021

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) announced on December 1 that beginning in 2023, they will offer a new alternative to the traditional PANRE recertification exam: PANRE-LA, a take-at-home test which incorporates elements of longitudinal assessment. The announcement follows four years of research, discussion and a two-year pilot program that involved participation from 18,000 PAs (physician associates/physician assistants), according to NCCPA.

“AAPA’s Board of Directors remains committed to working with NCCPA on issues facing the profession and modernizing PA practice,” said AAPA President and Chair of the Board, Jennifer M. Orozco, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA.

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