Our Vision:The Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants will be the premier organization for all PAs in Illinois, promoting professional development, empowering PAs to achieve their full scope of practice and become recognized leaders in healthcare.
Our Mission:The Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants serves as the primary resource on and for the PA profession in the state of Illinois, committed to advocacy, education and the highest quality of patient care.
The PA profession was founded on the concept of team practice. Working in all medical and surgical specialties, physician-PA teams enhance coordination and quality of care. The healthcare team is effective because of the similarities between physician and PA training. The professions commitment to team practice and the efficiencies created by utilizing the strengths of each professional in a clinical setting. (American Academy of Physician Assistants)
Board Certification & Licensure
Before they can practice, PAs who graduated from an accredited PA program must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) which is administered by the National Commission on Certification of PAs (NCCPA). Once they pass the exam, then they must apply for state licensure in the state they wish to practice in. In order to maintain national board certification, PAs must complete a board recertification exam every 10 years and complete 100 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) every two years. The “PA-C” after a PAs name means that they are currently certified.
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR) resources including the PA Practice Act, Administrative rules, Applications for Licensure, Application for Prescriptive Authority, Supervising Physician Forms
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is dedicated to serving the interest of the public. We do so with a passionate belief that certified PAs are essential members of the health care delivery team who provide millions access to more affordable, high quality health care. Our vision is to transform the delivery of quality healthcare by certifying qualified PAs through programs that improve patient care while exemplifying a commitment to excellence unparalleled among certifying organizations.
Education & Training
Areas of Specialty & Clinical Practice
Become a PA
Step 1: Get prerequisites and healthcare experience
Step 2: Attend an accredited PA program
Step 3: Become certified
Step 4: Obtain a state license
Step 5: Maintain your certification
See more info on prerequisites and healthcare experience at the AAPA website.