Welcome to the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA)

IAPA is the only organization in Illinois that creates, monitors and expands the practice privileges for licensed Physician Assistants in the State

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.

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.

PA of the Year Award

The IAPA is looking to recognize and honor one of its fellow members who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to patients and/or the PA profession. Nominated candidates MUST be an IAPA fellow member in good standing and meet the required criteria.  Click here for more information.


A physician assistant (or PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional.

PAs practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers.

They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories, with the exception of Puerto Rico.

Physician Assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services within the Physician-PA relationship. A PA’s practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.

Physician-PA Team Practice
The physician assistant (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 in physician and PA training, the PA profession’s
commitment to team practice and the efficiencies created by utilizing the
strengths of each professional in the clinical practice setting. – American Academy of Physician Assistants, www.aapa.org Link to current link of “For more information, visit the AAPA website”
Physician-PA Team Practice
PA Scope of Practice
“Physician assistant” means any person who has been certified as a physician assistant by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants or equivalent successor agency and performs procedures under the supervision of a physician as defined in this Act. A physician assistant may perform such procedures within the specialty of the supervising physician, except that such physician shall exercise such direction, supervision and control over such physician assistants as will assure that patients shall receive quality medical care. Physician assistants shall be capable of performing a variety of tasks within the specialty of medical care under the supervision of a physician. Supervision of the physician assistant shall not be construed to necessarily require the personal presence of the supervising physician at all times at the place where services are rendered, as long as there is communication available for consultation by radio, telephone or telecommunications within established guidelines as determined by the physician/physician assistant team. The supervising physician may delegate tasks and duties to the physician assistant. Delegated tasks or duties shall be consistent with physician assistant education, training, and experience.”
Illinois Department of Financial and Profession Regulation

PA Areas of Specialty & Clinical Practice Settings
They treat patients in:
Physician offices
Rural and Urban Community Health Centers
Nursing homes
Retail Clinics
Schools and University-based facilities
Industrial settings
Correctional institutions
The uniformed services and other federal government agencies.
How to 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 at prerequisites and healthcare experience.

PA Board Certification & Licensure
National Commission of the Certification of Physician Assistants
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations information on the PA profession including forms – page for PAs includes the PA Practice Act, Administrative rules, Applications for Licensure, Application for Prescriptive Authority, Supervising Physician Forms