PANCE Exam Registration, Cost, and Eligibility Requirements
To complete PANCE registration, you must first submit an application to the NCCPA with a $550 payment. After you graduate from an ARC-PA-accredited PA program, you have 180 days to take the exam. You can schedule it whenever you want, as long as the testing center is open. Be sure to submit all required materials to the NCCPA, as ineligible individuals who take the exam will either not receive a score or have their score rescinded. You can only be registered for one exam at a time.
Can I cancel my PANCE registration?
How to Schedule Your PANCE Exam Date With Pearson VUE
The NCCPA PANCE is administered at Pearson VUE testing centers. If you are a first-time test taker, you will need to create a Pearson VUE account. To create your account and schedule your exam, you will need your NCCPA ID number. This and other information on how to schedule your PANCE examination date will be provided in your exam-acknowledgement documentation. Be advised that updating your contact information in Pearson VUE will not update your NCCPA contact information.
Once your exam date is scheduled, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation letter with your testing date, time, and address. You will also receive your testing center’s phone number and directions to the facility. Please note that Pearson VUE has the right to modify admission and examinee conduct requirements for their testing centers. You will be expected to abide by any updated requirements.
Can I take my test in a different state/jurisdiction?
Yes, you do not need to take the PANCE in the state you wish to practice in. Because the PA-C designation is administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and not individual state boards, you can take the PANCE from your nearest Pearson VUE testing center. However, you will still need to get licensed in the state where you want to practice in. Visit your state board website to learn about the specific licensure requirements in your state.
The application fee and any test-prep services you use are the two main costs of the PANCE. As of 2022, the application fee is $550 (to be submitted during registration). This fee is subject to change and can be verified on the NCCPA’s website. Test prep costs can vary and depend on the resources included. Most PANCE review tools range between $200 - $550.