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 an NCCPA-certified physician assistant who is also a Fellow Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Rights to vote and hold office in the LAPA are restricted to LAPA Fellow Members in good standing.
Associate Members: An Associate Member is an NCCPA-certified physician assistant who is eligible to be an AAPA Fellow Member but is not. Associate Members cannot vote or hold office.
Affiliate Members: An Affiliate Member is a physician, administrator or non-PA faculty member at any ARC-PA accredited training program. LAPA will also accept as an Affiliate Member any interested individual approved by the Board of Directors for Affiliate membership.
PA/MD Team: Team Members consist of a physician-physician assistant who is a Fellow Member of the AAPA and another constituent chapter recognized by the AAPA. Dual Members cannot vote or hold office.
Dual Members: A Dual Member is an NCCPA-certified physician assistant who is a Fellow Member 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 Fellow or an Associate Member who is an active, reserve, or retired member of the US military. They shall have all the rights and responsibilities of a Fellow or an Associate Member.
PA Student Members: A Student Member is a student in good standing who currently attends an accredited physician assistant school. Only elected student representatives from each physician assistant program can hold office and vote. Students not elected to the LAPA may participate in all other chapter activities.
Pre-PA Student Members: A Pre-PA Student Member is a student currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in preparation for applying to PA school. Pre-PA Student Members cannot vote or hold office.
Honorary Members: An Honorary Member is an individual either with the distinction of rendering outstanding or notable service to the LAPA or who has retired from the profession. The LAPA Board of Directors selects Honorary Members. Honorary Members may be active in the LAPA but cannot hold office or vote. They shall be exempt from the payment of dues.