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About the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (formerly known as the American Association of Physician Assistants) was established and incorporated in the state of North Carolina in 1968. Initial membership was made up of the first students and graduates of the Duke University PA program, among which were former military corpsmen.

In 1973, 300 members strong, a joint national headquarters for AAPA and the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (now the Physician Assistant Education Association) was established in Washington, D.C. The headquarters moved to Arlington, Va., in the late 1970s and to Old Town Alexandria, Va., in 1988. The Academy moved to its current location in the Carlyle area of Alexandria in 2011.

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Membership in AAPA

Staying connected with your colleagues is what AAPA membership is all about. From our ever growing list of member benefits to being your voice on Capitol Hill, AAPA is here to connect PAs. AAPA membership offers benefits in these key areas:

  • Advocacy and Leadership
  • CME and Education
  • Exclusive Resources
  • Publications and Information
  • Professional Development

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