NCCPA implements a name change for PAs
The NCCPA has announced a name change for PAs.
No, not that name change.
The commission has renamed its PA “specialty certification” program a “certificate of added qualifications” program, according to a press release. While the release itself isn’t posted at the NCCPA’s website today, the new “CAQ” language is already in place there.
In the release, NCCPA's Mark Christiansen says the new CAQ label shows that the designation is “above and beyond the PA-C, which remains the foundational credential for the PA profession,” and shows that the generalist education is “augmented but not replaced through practice in a specialty.”
Also from the release:
The change also stemmed from concerns that a program labeled “certification” would trigger automatic credentialing and privileging requirements in many hospital settings, an issue that runs counter to its positioning by NCCPA as a voluntary process.
The CAQ fees were announced, too: a $100 upfront administrative fee and a $250 examination fee due with the application for a specialty exam. NCCPA treasurer James Cannon says in the release that the pricing structure is much lower than other professions’ comparable programs, which cost $1,000 or more.
And, to keep costs down, the exams will be limited to one day a year. The first exams will be administered in September 2011 and include CAQs in cardiovascular/cardiothoracic surgery, emergency medicine, nephrology, orthopedic surgery and psychiatry.