To obtain national certification a Physician Assistant (PA) must sit for and pass the
Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination
(PANCE) administered by the
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
(NCCPA). Only graduates of an accredited PA program are eligible to take the PANCE.
To maintain NCCPA certification each PA must comply with the (ten-year) cycle of continuous NCCPA Certificate Maintenance. The maintenance process includes earning and logging 100 CME hours every two years; re-registration of certification every two years and successful completion of the re-certification exam (PANRE) every ten years.
To maintain compliance with accreditation standards, all programs are expected to publish on its web site the PANCE performance data of its graduates by publishing the NCCPA PANCE Pass Rate Summary Report of the most recent five-year first time test takers pass rates. Over the past five years, 100 percent of the graduates from the UF PA program ultimately passed the PANCE to become certified as physician assistants. The vast majority did this on their first attempt (see report below).
In order to present these reports in their proper format, the following link is provided: