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Certification and Licensure

Graduates of the program are recommended to the New York State Education Department for registration as physician assistants and can subsequently practice in New York State with a temporary permit. Permanent registration and licensure is dependent upon successful completion of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination, the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). Passing the PANCE and obtaining NCCPA certification also enables the PA to seek employment in other states, thus providing geographic mobility. Only students who have graduated from programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) may sit for the PANCE. Per state regulations, certified PAs may apply for a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) number.

To maintain NCCPA Certification, physician assistants must complete an on-going six-year process that involves logging of CME (Continuing Medical Education) credits, completion of re-registration materials and a recertification examination.