Alumnus Earns National Credential

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South University, Tampa alumnus Josiah Horneman, PA-C has earned the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Horneman, who graduated from the Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) program in 2015, received the specialty credential in emergency medicine. Candidates earn the credential by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements. They must them pass a national exam in the specialty.

Horneman is employed at Cheyenne River Health Center in Eagle Butte, South Dakota and says he pursued the CAQ to remain current in emerging practices. He says he also wanted to show future employers that he is committed to furthering his knowledge base in emergency medicine.

“Certified PAs are prepared and proven providers who contribute real value to the healthcare of this nation,” says Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “They graduate from demanding masters-level programs, pass a rigorous certification exam, and maintain certification at the highest level through continuing medical education programs and retesting throughout their careers. Certified PAs increase access to care for patients in every specialty and clinical setting, including those that are historically underserved.”

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