Johns Creek, GA, Feb. 26, 2016 Jessica Wright, PA-C, is one of only 220 certified physician assistants (PA-Cs) nationally to recently earn a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Wright, who is employed by Pediatrics West PC, was awarded a CAQ in Pediatrics, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a rigorous exam in the specialty. She is one out of only 46 certified PAs in Massachusetts, and almost 1,000 in the country, to earn a CAQ since the program’s inception in 2011.

“All certified PAs have demonstrated their knowledge across the broad base of medicine,” says Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “Those who have taken the extra step to earn a CAQ have demonstrated additional expertise and experience in their chosen field of practice. The rigorous education and certification processes and commitment to certification maintenance at the highest level, contribute to the high demand for PA services in every clinical setting and specialty area.”

CAQs are offered to certified PAs in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology, pediatrics and psychiatry.

A PA is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional who practices medicine on health care teams with physicians and other providers. Certified PAs take histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery, perform a variety of procedures and write prescriptions.

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 (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 more than 108,500 certified PAs in the U.S. today. NCCPA also administers the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) program for experienced, certified PAs practicing in seven specialties. For more information, visit

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