NCCPA CAQ Information

Earn CME and the CAQ in Emergency Medicine at SEMPA 360  

NCCPA’s CAQ Specialty Exam in Emergency Medicine will be offered again this year in conjunction with SEMPA 360. The Emergency Medicine Specialty Exam will be offered April 10 and April 11, at both the Phoenix and Chandler, Arizona Pearson VUE sites. CME credits earned at the SEMPA 360 conference can be used to establish eligibility for the exam offered that same week for anyone who has already satisfied all other requirements.

According to data reported to NCCPA, there are over 14,500 Certified PAs in Emergency Medicine. Many of them have a head start on their way to attaining a CAQ because they have already worked 3,000 hours (equivalent to 18 months of full-time practice) in the specialty.

In addition to experience, there are three other requirements to earn the Emergency Medicine CAQ:

  • 150 credits of Category 1 CME focused on emergency medicine within six years of registering for the program and a minimum of 50 of those credits earned within the two years prior to the date of exam application. The 150 required CME credits must include completion of an Advanced Cardiac Life Support course. (The same credits may be used to maintain the PA-C credential.) 
  • Attestation from a supervising physician in the specialty that the PA has performed or understands how to perform the relevant procedures and patient management.
  • Passing the Emergency Medicine Specialty Exam.

Visit http://www.nccpa.net/Emergencymedicine for full details on the Emergency Medicine CAQ program. 

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