The Following organizations provide education, governance, and regulation for the physician assistant field.
- The Physician Assistant Education Association The PAEA is the national organization for PA programs. They are the
- The Accreditation and Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. ARC-PA vets and accredits PA programs.
- The American Academy of Physician Assistants The national organization for PAs.
- The Physician Assistant History Center (a department of the AAPA with great information on how the field developed, and who helped it to).
- The Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants
- The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants These guys decide on the knowledge base and the process required to obtain PA certification.
- The Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) This is the clearing house for pretty much all PA school applications. If you plan to apply, open an account and get familiar with the process. It’s free, and there is no obligation to actually submit your application, so there’s nothing to be afraid of.
- The UC Davis School of Medicine, Family Practitioner and Physician Assistant Program (Our program – WOOT!)