State Advocacy

AAPA advocates for state laws and regulations that improve the practice environment for PAs across the country. Learn more about key issues impacting PA practice and how PAs can take action to change state policies affecting them and the care they provide for their patients.

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Tools for State Advocates

Strengthen your state and local advocacy with resources on Optimal Team Practice, state laws and regulations, and grassroots advocacy.

State Maps

View state maps on PA practice, regulatory structure, and more.

State Licensing

PAs must be licensed by the state in which they work before they can begin practice. Find our resources for how to get licensed here.


State Laws and Regulations

AAPA’s comprehensive collection of state laws and regulations covers everything from licensing requirements to prescribing and includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories.

Articles & Backgrounders

Educate others and deepen your understanding of issues related to PA practice with these resources.


Find guidance for being an advocate at the grassroots level, including working with legislators and staff.

Issue Briefs

AAPA issue briefs cover a wide range of topics that are important to PAs and PA practice.

Optimal Team Practice

Explain the benefits of Optimal Team Practice with fact sheets, infographics, talking points and more.

State Practice Profiles

View a snapshot of PA practice in your state.

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PA State Laws and Regulations

This annually produced publication features the most up-to-date and comprehensive collection of key provisions in state PA laws and regulations, including the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and, for the first time ever, the U.S. territories. Past editions are also available.


PAs should continue to use “physician assistant” or “PA” as their official legal title in a professional capacity, particularly in clinical settings and with patients. AAPA is transitioning to use “physician associate” when possible and when it does not present a legal or regulatory conflict. For more information, please visit FAQs.