Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA) represents the PA profession in the State of Illinois.


Our Mission

The Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants exists to provide information, education and governmental advocacy, and to serve as the primary resource on the Physician Assistant profession


IAPA CME in Illinois - Registration is open.

Fall CME, November 7 & 8, 2014, 13.75-Hour CME, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, IL


IDFPR Writes Bulletin Regarding Updating Controlled Substance Privileges


 Kris Healy, MPH, PA-C, is featured in the Chicago Tribune article.

Cleck here 


Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine PA Program
WINS the IAPA 2nd Annual Student Challenge Bowl, May 3, 2014
at Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago.  See news article.

Hazel Domingo, Megan Moran and Gianna Dazzo, the
winning team from Northwestern University PA Program.


January 2, 2014

The 2014 IAPA Board Members have been elected. 
The results are as follows:

  • Don Diemer, DHSc, PA-C – President & Faculty Liaison from SIU PA Program
  • Jennifer Orozco, MMS, PA-C- President-Elect
  • Regina Chen, MS, PA-C, L. Ac., Dipl. C.H. – Secretary & Faculty Liaison from Rush PA Program
  • Marie Rivers, MPAS, PA-C - Regional Director, Northern Illinois Chapter
  • Kristen Dolder, MS, PA-C - Regional Director, North East Illinois Chapter
  • Hardik Thakkar, MS, PA-C - Regional Director, Central East Chapter
  • Margaret Wilson MMS, PA-C, Delegate 2014, 2015 & 2016

 Congratulations to the new members of the board.  The remaining members of the board are:

  • Zac Sowa, MS, PA-C – Immediate Past President
  • Rhonda Pulver, PA-C – IAPA Treasurer
  • Agnes Delaney, MPAS, PA-C – Regional Director Southern Illinois Chapter of PAs
  • Erica Miller, PA-C – Regional Director Central West Chapter
  • Zorina Thomas, MMS, PA-C – Regional Director South Side Chicago Chapter
  • Sarah Smalley, MS, PA-C – Delegate 2014 & 2015
  • Nathan De Witt, PA-C, Delegate 2014 & 2015
  • Kris Healy, MPH, PA-C – Faculty Liaison from Northwestern PA Program
  • James Gunn, MS, PA-C – Faculty Liaison from Midwestern PA Program
  • Ziemowit Mazur, MPAS, PA-C – Faculty Liaison from Rosalind Franklin PA Program
  • David Avina, PA-S, Student Rep from Northwestern PA Program
  • Kristen Braun, PA-S, Student Rep from Midwestern PA Program
  • Alyse Curry, PA-S, Student Rep from SIU PA Program
  • James Gelder, PA-S, Student Rep from Rosalind Franklin PA Program
  • Jessica Lassen, PA-S, Student Rep from Rush PA Program




December 30, 2013

Happy Holidays!

I wanted to make sure all are aware of an error in a recent IDFPR (Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation) form that was mailed out to all PAs due for license renewal in 2014.

On the Physician Assistant Employment Notification form, it states that "A supervising physician may only be the primary supervising physician for two (2) physician assistants".  This is inaccurate.  The ratio has now been changed to 5 PAs/NPs per one supervising physician in an independent practice, and unlimited PAs/NPs in the inpatient setting.  These new ratios have been updated in the Illinois PA practice act, but the IDFPR has not yet updated their forms.

The IAPA has been in touch with the IDFPR on multiple occasions to make sure that they are aware of the change to the 5 PA/NP ratio in independent practice and unlimited ratio in the inpatient setting.  The IDFPR is aware of this change and have told us that they will not restrict a physician from supervising until the limit of 5 is reached. 

The IAPA has sent a letter to the IDFPR regarding the outdated language on the renewal forms. 

Have a very Happy New Year!

Zac Sowa, MS, PA-C
IAPA Board President


Dues 2014

Please consider paying your dues for 2014.  You may log in to the IAPA website and click on the far right tab to "Renew Dues".  You may update your current information or create a new login and password at the same time.


 Legislative Alert

August 9, 2013, Governor Quinn signed the HB 2839, and it is now Public Act 98-0261.  This change in the law, amends the Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Licensing Act and provides that "home health services" includes services prescribed by a physician assistant licensed under the Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987. It is effective immediately.


CONGRATULATIONS ILLINOIS!!!!  At the AAPA House of Delegates meeting, AAPA showed Illinois as being one of the top states in the nation for physician assistant laws and regulations.  Illinois is registering a 5.5 out of 6 Elements of a PA friendly state.  Our success is due to IAPA hiring the lobbying team to assist our efforts at the Capitol to change laws and expand PA privileges.  It is important to continue our legislative efforts to remove the ratio in the private setting in order to be completely compliant with AAPA's vision.