By the end of the sixth year (or tenth year) of the certification maintenance cycle, PA-C designees must have passed a recertification exam. Offered at testing centers throughout the U.S., the multiple choice Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE) is designed to assess general medical and surgical knowledge.

You must submit an online application and $350 payment to register for PANRE. You may schedule your exam anytime (depending on testing center availability) within the 180-day timeframe established for you to take the exam based on the successful submission of all required materials to NCCPA.

The four-hour PANRE exam includes 240 multiple-choice questions administered in four blocks of 60 questions with 60 minutes to complete each block. There is a total of 45 minutes allotted for breaks between blocks and you will be responsible for managing your break time. You will have 15 minutes to complete the PANRE tutorial.

While 60% of the generalist exam will cover the same content as the certification exam, the remaining 40% can be directed towards more general questions in one of three areas:
  • Adult medicine
  • Surgery
  • Primary care
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