Professional societies provide an excellent means of keeping current and in
touch with other professionals in the field. These groups can play a key
role in your development and keep you abreast of what is happening in your
field. Associations promote the interests of their members and provide a
network of contacts that can help you find jobs and move your career
forward. They can offer a variety of services including job referral
services, continuing education courses, insurance, travel benefits,
periodicals, and meeting and conference opportunities. The following is a
partial list of professional associations serving physician
assistants. A broader list of professional associations is also
available by clicking here.
American Academy of Physician Assistants
The mission of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
is to promote quality, cost-effective, accessible health care, and to
promote the professional and personal development of physician assistants.
National Commission on Certification of
NCCPA is 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.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor