Kellee Ritchie Crockett, a certified physician assistant who graduated in 2006 from the Idaho State University Physician Assistant program, was recently awarded a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Crockett received the CAQ in psychiatry, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. She works at Bridgeway Health Services in Eagle, Idaho.
CAQs are offered to certified PAs in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology, pediatrics and psychiatry.
About the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for physician assistants in the United States. The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who fulfill certification, certification maintenance and recertification requirements. There are more than 123,000 certified PAs in the United States today.