LHU Graduate Receives Physician Assistant Specialty Credential

February 10, 2014-David Roodhuyzen, certified physician assistant (PA-C), recently earned a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Roodhuyzen graduated from Lock Haven University's physician assistant program in 2009 and is one of only 108 (of 530 certified PAs in the nation) to hold this certification.

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who practices medicine under the supervision of a physician. Many PA-Cs have specializations, but few carry the CAQ. Roodhuyzen earned his CAQ in emergency medicine, and is putting that certification to work at the Baylor Medical Center in Garland, Texas.

The NCCPA, based out of Georgia, offers PA-Cs this recognition for advanced experience, skills and knowledge. Roodhuyzen earned his CAQ in emergency medicine through completing stringent requirements of the program, including experience, requirements, and an exam in the specialty area.

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for physician assistants (PAs) in the United States. The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who fulfill certification, certification maintenance and recertification requirements. There are approximately 95,000 certified PAs in the U.S. today. In 2011, NCCPA launched its Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) program for certified physician assistants practicing in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Orthopedic Surgery and Psychiatry; two new specialties (Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine) are being added in 2014. For more information, please call (678) 417-8100 or visit www.NCCPA.net.

Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.