PA Organizations


The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is the only national professional society representing all PAs in every area of medicine.


The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) is the national organization representing PA educational programs and individual PA educators.


The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for PAs in the nation. Certification is a requirement for state licensure.


nccpa foundation
The nccPA Health Foundation is a charitable nonprofit organization that designs solutions for improving the capacity of certified PAs to impact quality and accessibility of health care delivery. It is affiliated with the NCCPA.


The Accreditation Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) is the only organization that can accredit PA educational programs nationwide. PAs must graduate from an accredited program to be eligible for certification.


The PA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the AAPA.


The PA History Society preserves the history of the PA profession through archiving key materials.