American Academy of Physician Assistants

PANCE PANRE Review Resources

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Between October and November 2012 AAPA surveyed certified PAs to gain insights on the usefulness of PANCE/PANRE review materials. We asked PAs to rate some of the popular review materials in terms of usefulness. A whopping 2,844 PAs shared their opinion with us. For each review material listed below we include the following information:

  • The percentage of PAs who found the review material useful
  • The number of PAs who used the review material

PANCE/PANRE review resources


Review books

A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants

Fifth edition now available!
The new, fifth edition of A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants is the foremost trusted preparation resource for the PANCE and PANRE. The text features high-yield outline-format review and pretest and post-test questions based on the blueprint of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Developed and endorsed by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (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: $64.99
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JB Review: Physician Assistant Review Guide, First Edition

 58% found material useful
169 used material

April 2009. ISBN: 0763752665. Authors: David Paulk, EdD, PA-C, and Donna Agnew, MT, PA-C. Pages: 512

Price: $59.95

Contact: Jones and Bartlett Customer Service, 800-832-0034, ext. 8197

Physician Assistant Exam Review: Pearls of Wisdom, Fourth Edition

 56% found material useful
339 used material

April 2010. ISBN: 0071627715 / 9780071627719. Authors: Daniel Thibodeau and Scott H. Plantz. Pages: 512

Price: $49.95

Contact: McGraw Hill, Customer Service, 877-833-5524 

Davis' Physician Assistant Exam Review: Focused Review for the PANCE and PANRE        

68% found material useful
388 used material

June 2008. ISBN: 0803618735. Author: Morton A. Diamond. Pages: 263.

Price: $39.95

Contact: F. A. Davis Co., 800-323-3555

Physician Assistant Board Review: Certification and Recertification with Online Exam Simulation       


73% found material useful
710 used material

July 2006. ISBN: 1416025987. Author: James Van Rhee, MS, PA-C. Pages: 448

Price: $61.95

Contact: Elsevier Publishing, 800-545-2522

  Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, Eighteenth Edition 

53% found material useful
731 used material

July 2011. ISBN: 978-0071748896. Editors: Dan L. Longo, MD, Dennis L. Kasper, MD, J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Stephen L, Hauser, MD and Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD. Pages: 448.

Price: $166.73

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Practice exams

Rosh Review

1,500 NCCPA Board-style questions mapped to the Blueprint.
Thoroughly researched, 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 Practice Exams

77% found material useful
1,983 used material

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.       

Med-Challenger PA

48% found material useful
157 used material

Med-Challenger PA provides a PANCE-style self-assessment question-and-answer library online 
Price: $325 (1-year subscription)     


 64% found material useful
169 used material

PAEasy contains 1,200 questions and answers that simulate the PANCE and PANRE, with full explanations. 
Price for one-month subscription: $79     

Exam Master 

62% found material useful
416 used material

Exam Master provides 300 questions and explanations to simulate the PANCE or PANRE. Exam Master has two available options, each containing different questions distributed over 5 blocks of 60 questions each. Test questions are organized and presented based on the distribution provided in the NCCPA PANCE blueprint.
Price for single-user version / Exam Master online: $19.99 for 60 days
Price for iPhone app: $19.99

Kaplan's PANCE/PANRE Qbank   

75% found material useful
373 used material

Kaplan's PANCE/PANRE Qbank provides 1,200 questions and explanations. Each question is mapped to the NCCPA blueprint.

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


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Online or self-study review courses

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, 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

The Core Content Review of Family Medicine
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).

Core Content


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 4200 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

UMDNJ (now known as Rutgers) Physician Assistant Certification & Recertification Examination Review Course 

80% found material useful
191 used material

The UMDNJ PA Program now offers an online version of its popular comprehensive live review course, which was recorded in June 2012. 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 27.25 Category 1 CME credits. Expires Mar. 30, 2015.
Price: $349 

Emory University Home Study Board Review DVD Course 

77% found material useful
222 used material

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. 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.
Price: $390*
* Discounts are available for PA students, PA programs, Emory Alumni, GAPA and active military     

Hippo PANCE/PANRE Board Review for the Physician Assistant 

61% found material useful
88 used material  

Hippo Education now offers an online PANCE/PANRE review course. This course is a combination of fun, entertainment and a high quality of medical education. The online material is available for 12 months. All of the content is available on demand by streaming, download and PDF. It is iPad and iPhone compatible. 
Price: $495

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Additional review resources

National Medical Series for Independent Study: Surgery, Fifth Edition

April 2007. ISBN: 0781759013; Editors: Bruce Jarrell and R. A. Carabasi; Pages: 645
Price: $42.95
Contact: Lippincot, Williams & Wilkins, 800-638-0672

45% found material useful
76 used material

November 2007. ISBN: 0781769752; Editor: Susan Wolfsthal
Price: $42.95
Contact: Lippincot, Williams & Wilkins, 800-638-0672

Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) 14 

63% found material useful
135 used material

Available in print, CD-ROM and online 
Price: varies

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The information contained on this page is for general information purposes only. Information on this site is not intended to sell or promote PANCE/PANRE review resources. Educational providers listed on this page must contact AAPA to use any part of the survey results.   

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