Welcome to the Louisiana Academy of PAs! Established in 1978, this organization represents a growing number of PAs year after year as we move the profession forward. We are committed to our vision to promote and provide excellent quality medical services to all citizens of the state through growth and utilization of PAs.
By joining LAPA, you have taken the first step in improving our state practice. We aim to represent you both in local and national efforts that effect PA practice in this rapidly changing healthcare environment. Our legislative efforts and advocacy remain a top priority and made stronger by having a united and strong membership group. We thank you for joining our organization and making an impact in your profession.
Your membership benefits include access to our PA network, legislative representation, inclusion in our regional groups for local outreach and networking, special reduced rates for the annual conference, access to job opportunities, the ability to vote for our leadership team, and opportunities to participate in statewide committees and groups. We hope you will consider taking the next steps to get involved and be a part of these efforts.
Fellow Members: A Fellow Member is a ARC-PA-accredited PA program graduate or NCCPA-certified Physician Assistant who is also a Fellow Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Rights to vote and hold office in the LAPA are restricted to LAPA Fellow Members in good standing.
Associate Members: Associate Members include those PAs who are eligible for AAPA Fellow Membership, but chose not to join the AAPA. Also those PAs who have been granted the title of physician assistant under the auspices of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners are eligible for Associate Membership. Associate Members cannot vote or hold office.
Affiliate Members: Affiliate Members consist of physicians (supervising and non-supervising), administrators and faculty members of any AAPA/LAPA recognized Physician Assistant Training Program. The LAPA will also accept, as affiliate members, any interested health care individual subject to the Board of Directors approval. Affiliate Members cannot vote or hold office.
PA/MD Team: The PA will receive LAPA Fellow status only if they are an AAPA Fellow. If not, they will receive Associate member status which does not include voting privileges. The MD will receive an Affiliate Member status.
Dual Members: Dual Members shall include those physician assistants who are Fellow Members of the AAPA and another constituent chapter recognized by the AAPA. Dual Members cannot vote or hold office.
Military Members: A Military Member is a current AAPA member (Fellow) with current or previous military service.
PA Student Members: PA students enrolled in any ARC-PA approved PA training program are eligible for student membership in LAPA.
Pre-PA Student Members: This membership option is for undergraduate students interested in the PA profession.
Honorary Members: People of distinction who have rendered outstanding or notable service to the LAPA or are those who have retired from the profession. Honorary Members are selected and elected by the LAPA Officers and Directors. Honorary Members may be active in the LAPA but not vote or hold office.