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About the American Academy of PAs (AAPA)


Founded in 1968, the American Academy of PAs is the national professional society for PAs. It represents a profession of more than 150,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and the uniformed services.

AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. We work to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of PAs. We also enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare.

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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
  • Career Planning and Professional Development

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