2015 PANCE Updates
Because of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) publication, NCCPA will adapt its content blueprints, disease and disorder lists, and psychiatry-related terminology within test questions to conform to DSM-5 classifications and diagnostic criteria for all of our examinations beginning in 2015, according to the following timeline:
PANCE and PANRE administered in 2015:
In these examinations, psychiatry-related terminology within test questions will include the DSM-5 terminology followed by the DSM-IV-TR terminology in parentheses. Example: illness anxiety disorder (hypochondriasis)
PANCE and PANRE administered in 2016 and beyond:
In these examinations, only the DSM-5 terminology will be provided when appropriate. Example: illness anxiety disorder
Please also review the 2015 Content Blueprint Organ Areas and make sure you are studying with emphasis on those areas with most content. Remember, psychiatry is 6% of the PANCE!