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The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) provides initial and maintenance of certification for physician assistants. The structure of requirements parallel the four categories used by ABMS, including self-assessment of knowledge, periodically passing a recertification exam, and improving performance in care.

Thanks to a collaborative agreement between NCCPA and the ABMS Multispecialty Portfolio Program – that the NC MOC participates in – Certified Physician Assistants can receive high-value CME credit for participating in patient safety and performance improvement activities to improve the quality of patient care.

Certified PAs can now earn free Category 1 PI-CME credit with NCCPA for participating in QI initiatives within the NC MOC program.

After the QI effort is completed, participating PAs will complete an Attestation Form and submit it to the NC MOC Project Manager, Monecia Thomas. NCCPA will notify PAs by email when these PI-CME credits have been logged in their record.

These QI activities are equivalent to 30 CME credits. NCCPA makes this effort even more valuable by doubling the first 20 PI-CME credits earned during a PA’s two-year CME cycle.

For more details from NCCPA on earning credit through this program, visit