The Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE) is designed to measure general medical and surgical knowledge as applied to a career as a physician’s assistant. PANRE is a four-hour, 240 question multiple-choice exam that PAs take once every 10 years for recertification and is administered at Pearson VUE Test Center. Before you can register for the exam, you need to log at least 100 Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits within the last two years.
PANRE-LA is the new recertification process that begins in 2023. It incorporates elements of longitudinal assessment and is designed to help PA’s identify and address knowledge gaps in core medical content. It may reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with taking a test. Each quarter, 25 questions will be administered in an online format that PAs can take anywhere, anytime, and on any compatible device. Each question will have a five-minute time limit, and PAs may use online or printed references to help inform their answer selection. PAs will still have up to three opportunities to take and pass PANRE in the tenth year of their recertification cycle before their certification expires.