WHAT IS A PA? Physician Assistants are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision.

Physician Assistants (PAs) are qualified by graduation from an accredited physician assistant educational program and certified by the National Commission on Certification of PAs.

If you are looking to shadow a PA, we recommend the Physician Assistant Shadow Online program.

JOIN NOW The PSPA membership year is from June 30 – July 1. Join today to begin reaping the benefits of PSPA membership.

TOOLS FOR STUDENTS The PSPA offers a set of tools for students to help give them an edge.

Student Handbook The Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants  outlines the opportunities the PSPA offers to its student members. Numerous student specific web links are available for quick access.

STUDENT AWARDS The Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants presents Student scholarships on an annual basis.  The PSPA Health Disparity Council sponsors an annual contest. In the spirit of diversity, a variety of media format is welcome.  Contest details available 2019 Thomas J. Lemley Award for Health Disparities Competition.

Established in 2017, the PSPA recognized the hard work and motivation of the physician assistant students in charitable projects outside of the rigorous didactic and clinical coursework. The PSPA set out to reward the dedication of the physician assistant students by making $250 available to up to 6 physician assistant program societies in Pennsylvania per fiscal year, 07/01 – 06/30. Click here for the application.

NEW GRADUATE INFORMATION SHEET Upon successfully graduating from PA school, a number of steps are required before seeking employment. The new graduate instruction sheet outlines those steps. Physician Assistants in the state of Pennsylvania are required to obtain licensure to practice. A PA with an MD supervisor needs to register with the State Board of Medicine and a PA with a DO supervisor needs to register with the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. The supervising physician also needs to be approved by the appropriate board to be a supervisor by completing a supervisor’s written agreement. PAs in Pennsylvania must be nationally certified through the NCCPA to obtain permanent state licensure.

CONTACT US Questions about the training and utilization of Physician Assistants can be answered by the PSPA staff.