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The Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants, (LAPA), in association with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, (AAPA), promote Physician Assistants in their professional pursuit of excellence.  We exist to strengthen the role PA’s play in the delivery of quality health care through public education, continuing medical education, physician education, member services, physician assistant student involvement, and legislative efforts.

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Annual French Quarter Conference

Join us this year to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the PA Profession, and kick off National PA Week!!! LAPA has a very fun and educational conference planned this year. We will be using new technology to create interactive sessions, allow you to connect with our vendor sponsors and much more! As always, attendees have the opportunity to earn  25 CME hours, including multiple self-assessment CME sessions. Check out the agenda of exciting topics, including presentations by the NCCPA and AAPA!  Space is limited, reserve your seat today!    PREVIEW THE AGENDA

Royal Sonesta Conference rate: $209/night
Discount code: LAPA2017 (through September 5, 2017) BOOK ROOM


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 9 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. PAs should claim only those credits actually spent participating in the CME activity. Self-Assessment sessions that are part of this conference are not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers plan to request 18 AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credits from the AAPA Review Panel. The total number of approved credits is yet to be determined. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.


May 2017: NCCPA Board of Directors deliberations about: The future of PANRE and NCCPA legislative activities.

Regarding PANRE

At its meeting this weekend, the NCCPA Board of Directors acknowledged that in the context of maintaining high standards of knowledge and skills, which are the hallmarks of the PA profession, technological advances afford us the opportunity to develop new approaches to ensuring we all remain current throughout our careers.  

Thus, in addition to work already underway to narrow the content of PANRE to core medical knowledge essential for practice across all disciplines, today we announce that NCCPA is committed to piloting alternatives to its current high-stakes recertification exam requirement by 2020. We do not yet have details about the alternatives and will share more information as soon as we are able.

January 2017: LSBME promulgated rules to reflect new PA Practice laws.

July 2015: Bill passed allowing PAs to write Schedule II medications, changed PA:SP ratio to 4:1, new graduate PAs can apply for RX authority after clinical hours met, and removal of 100% chart co-signatutre.

October 2014: Unanimous vote to remove co-signature for PAs in Louisiana.

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Interested in becoming a PA or need student resources - Check out the AAPA student resource page