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National Associations

American Academy of Physician Assistants
An organization committed to promote quality, cost-effective, accessible health care, and to promote the professional and personal development of physician assistants.

Physician Assistant Education Association
The only national organization in the United States representing physician assistant (PA) educational programs. PAEA's mission is to pursue excellence, foster faculty development, advance the body of knowledge that defines quality education and patient-centered care, and promote diversity in all aspects of physician assistant education.

The only credentialing organization for physician assistants in the United States. Established as a not-for-profit organization in 1975, NCCPA is dedicated to assuring the public that certified physician assistants meet established standards of knowledge and clinical skills upon entry into practice and throughout their careers.

State Associations

Ohio Association of Physician Assistants

West Virginia Association of Physician Assistants

Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants

Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants

Student Associations

Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants​


Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistants
The accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and PA profession by defining the standards for PA education and evaluating PA educational programs within the territorial United States to ensure their compliance with those standards. The ARC-PA encourages excellence in PA education through its accreditation process by establishing and maintaining minimum standards of quality for educational programs. It awards accreditation to programs through a peer review process that includes documentation and periodic site visit evaluation to substantiate compliance with the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education. The accreditation process is designed to encourage sound educational practices and innovation by programs and to stimulate continuous self-study and improvement.