Constituent Organizations

Constituent organizations (COs) are independent organizations affiliated with AAPA. COs are comprised of state and federal chapters, specialty organizations, special interest groups, and caucuses. They provide their members with locally based CME, networking opportunities, social gatherings, timely information, advocacy and job resources.

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CO Resources

With the resources on this page, COs can improve organizational practices and operations, and at the same time enhance programs and services delivered to members.

State, U.S. Territory and Federal Service Chapters

AAPA’s constituent chapters provide their members locally-based CME, networking opportunities, social gatherings, timely information, advocacy and job resources.

Specialty Organizations

Specialty organizations support AAPA’s knowledge base regarding medical specialty practice issues.

Special Interest Groups

Special interest groups are informal groups composed of individuals sharing a common goal or interest.


A caucus is composed of individuals who share a common goal or interest related to healthcare access or delivery.

Constituent Organization News

AAPA Engages Federal Trade Commission Over Proposed Rules in Maine

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent correspondence to the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine and the Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure regarding proposed regulations to implement Maine’s legislation (LD 1660), an Act to Improve Access to Physician Assistant Care.

Updated PA Practice Act Removes Barriers for Nebraska PAs

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recently signed L.B. 755, which streamlined statutory language relating to PA practice and made changes allowing improved care to patients. Among other things, the law removes language stating that a PA is the agent of the PA’s supervising physician.

Advocacy Tips

Attend Town Hall Meetings

Attending town hall meetings is a great way to make contact with your officials.Check out this step-by-step guide to prepare for participation in a town hall meeting.

Harmonization Acts: Expanding Patient Access to Care

PA laws and regulations have come a long way in the past 50 years. States are improving patient access to healthcare and this includes tearing down barriers to PA practice, which is governed by the PA practice law and rules, as well as by sections of health law that govern specific aspects of healthcare.

Implementing AAPA Guidelines for State Regulation of PAs

A House of Delegates action that updated the “Guidelines for State Regulation of PAs” provides numerous opportunities for states to advance the PA profession.