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Anesthesiologist Assistant Certification Process

For information about national certification of anesthesiologist assistants, or for a list of certified AAs, please contact the NCCAA:

National Commission for the Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants
P.O. Box 15519
Atlanta, Georgia 30033-0519

You may request applications, forms, Rules for Reinstatement, or other non-official communications by faxing your request to (404) 687-9978

Requests for verification of an Anesthesiologist Assistant's certification status must come from the Anesthesiologist Assistant. The request may be faxed or mailed and should include the Anesthesiologist Assistant's name, Social Security# , and the full name & address of the agency or practice group to whom verification status should be sent.

Upon completion of an accredited Anesthesiologist Assistant program, a student may become certified by passing the NCCAA examination. The examination is administered and scored by the National Board of Medical Examiners as part of services contracted to NCCAA. Performance information for test items and the overall exam are provided by NBME.  NCCAA uses this data to set the passing score and provides notification of certification. NCCAA awards a time-limited certificate to each candidate who successfully completes the Certifying Examination. To re-certify, an Anesthesiologist Assistant must complete 40 hours of CME every two years and register the activities with NCCAA. Additionally, Anesthesiologist Assistants must take the Continuing Demonstration of Qualification Exam every six years.

The National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants, in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners, will administer Certifying Examination June 2009 and CDQ Examination 2009 on Saturday, 27 June 2009, at Prometric Testing Centers throughout the United States. General information about Prometric can be found on their web site, Specific information about scheduling and testing with Prometric can be found in NCCAA's Rules and Regulations 2009.

Complete application, including full payment of application fee, must be received on or before 15 January 2009 by NCCAA at PO Box 15519, Atlanta, GA 30333-0519.

Eligible individuals can obtain an application and a copy of Rules and Regulations 2009 by writing, faxing, or emailing NCCAA and providing their name, complete mailing address, name of their accredited anesthesiologist assistant educational program, and year of graduation or anticipated graduation from that program:

US mail:NCCAA, PO Box 15519, Atlanta, GA 30333-0519
Facsimile:404 687 9978

Please note that the application period for both examinations is open from November 1st until January 15th . The application period closes on January 15 th to enable NBME to mail Prometric scheduling permits to each candidate early in 2009 so that each candidate has an opportunity to secure a seat at the testing center of their choice.

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Edited by JCole - 01 Sep 2009 at 7:23pm
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