In December of 1977, a group of seven military physician assistants from Fort Polk, Louisiana, and one civilian PA trying to obtain privileges from the State Board of Medical Examiners held their first organizational meeting with the hopes of forming the Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants. By March of 1978, the LAPA had formed, and in October of that year, the LAPA had incorporated. Those early meetings were attended by about a dozen PAs who saw the future of our profession in Louisiana. Over the years the organization grew, laws were challenged, and rules were rewritten. PAs were allowed to start practicing outside of the military, government, or public service arenas, and the numbers gradually grew. In 2004 the state legislature passed Louisiana's PA prescriptive authority act, and there are now over 700 licensed PAs in Louisiana with those numbers growing every month. Our annual CME conference draws 150 to 200 registrants who come to enjoy the good weather, superb educational events, and the eclectic nightlife of the French Quarter. The LAPA now has over 350 members, and the Academy continues to work with and for the PAs of Louisiana.
The vision of the Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants is to promote and provide excellent quality medical services to all citizens of the state through growth and utilization of physician assistants as an integral part of the Physician-Physician Assistant Team.
The mission of the Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants, in association with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, is to promote physician assistants in their professional pursuit of excellence and to strengthen their role in health care delivery through public education, continuing medical education, physician education, member services, physician assistant student involvement, and legislative efforts.
You can join LAPA through our secure online registration on this website located on the main page. Alternatively, you can download a printable version and mail it to LAPA. This is a PDF file, and you will need Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to print the form. The reader is free and can be downloaded from the Adobe Web site.
Once your application has been accepted, you will be emailed a link to access the Member's Only section of this site.
Become involved with the association.
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.
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.