STRENGTHENING the role of pas in louisiana

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what is a pa?

A PA is a licensed professional who provides medical care as part of a patient-centered health care team. PAs work in a wide variety of medical and surgical disciplines in various practice settings. PAs are involved in all aspects of care, including taking medical histories, performing physical exams, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, prescribing medications, performing procedures such as suturing and casting, assisting in the OR, and providing education to patients and their families.


Thinking about becoming a PA and want to get connected with LAPA? The LAPA Pre-PA Student membership is perfect for those who are not enrolled in a PA program yet, but are interested in pursuing a career in the PA profession. Benefits of becoming a LAPA Pre-PA student member include:

  • Access to members-only PA education content
  • Networking with PAs and PA Students in Louisiana who have been through the process.

Pre-PA Student Member Application - $35 per year
Pre-PA Student members are not enrolled in a PA program but are interested in pursuing a career in the physician assistant profession. Pre-PA Student members may not vote on matters pertaining to LAPA, AAPA or the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD). Membership duration is on an annual basis. Memberships can be renewed.

gain experience

Here is a short-list of recommended options you can try to gain some experience/exposure to the PA profession:

  • Try the volunteer office of large hospitals. Volunteering may provide you access to shadowing opportunities at the hospital. 
  • Contact private offices to inquire about shadowing opportunities.  
  • Take a job in healthcare - Positions as a scribe, phlebotomist, nurse's aide, EMT, medical assistant, etc. would help to see what a PA does and qualify as healthcare experience hours.


We are a VOLUNTEER site. All PA’s available, ARE listed.  

This website was created to help those looking for a Physician Assistant to shadow. Create your profile and begin searching. 

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Contact LAPA

Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants 
9655 Perkins Road, Suite C PMB 177
Baton Rouge, LA 70810


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