|[August 27, 2013]
Registration Opens for New Hospital Medicine and Pediatric Certificate of Added Qualifications Programs for Certified Physician Assistants
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. --(Business Wire)--
Certified physician assistants (PAs) may now register to attain a Certificate
of Added Qualifications (CAQs) in Hospital
Medicine or in Pediatrics,
new credentials offered by the National
Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
"We're excited to provide certified PAs who have committed themselves to
patient care in these important specialties the chance to go beyond
their generalist certification and showcase their skills and knowledge
to their patients, employers and others," says Pamela M. Dean, MBA,
acting CEO of NCCPA.
Certified PAs in these specialties are expressing their interest in the
"The CAQ will give me a way to quantify the level of skill and
specialized knowledge that I have gained throughout my physician
assistant career," says Dimas J. Valentin, PA-C, and MPAS, who practices
in hospital medicine. "It will also be an easily recognizable way for
patients to tell they are being cared for by a competent individual who
has voluntarily gone beyond the required procss to prove himself in his
chosen career path."
"It is important as a physician assistant to show my interest and
dedication in pursuing my education in pediatrics," says Lauren
Donaldson, PA-C. "The Pediatric CAQ is the perfect opportunity to do
that. It will be a testament to my commitment to the field and to the
physicians and patients I work with on a daily basis."
To earn a CAQ in hospital
or one of the other five specialties for which CAQs are already offered,
certified PAs must meet licensure, education and experience requirements
and then pass an exam in the specialty. The specialty exams are offered
nationwide once a year; the hospital medicine and pediatrics exams will
be administered for the first time in September 2014.
Since 2011, NCCPA has offered CAQs
in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, orthopaedic
surgery, nephrology and psychiatry.
For more information about NCCPA and the Hospital
Medicine and Pediatric
CAQs, please visit www.NCCPA.net.
About the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the
only certifying organization for physician assistants (PAs) in the
United States. The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who
fulfill certification, certification maintenance, and recertification
requirements. There are approximately 92,000 certified PAs in the U.S.
today. In 2011, NCCPA launched its Certificate
of Added Qualifications (CAQ) program for certified physician
assistants practicing in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Emergency
Medicine, Nephrology, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Psychiatry; and two new
specialties (Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine) are being added in 2014.
For more information, please call (678) 417-8100 or visit www.NCCPA.net.
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