Career Advancement and Transitions

As a PA, you can take your career anywhere you want. And we’ve got the tools you need to do that. Advance your career with leadership opportunities, recognition programs, volunteering and mentoring relationships, and more from AAPA.

Looking for a change? Our resources can help you navigate switching specialties, taking a break from or returning to practice, or resigning from an employer.

Advance Your Career

How to Advance as a PA Leader

Distinguish yourself with customized leadership training opportunities and learn more about several practice innovators.

International Practice

Practicing abroad is a great way to enhance your experience as a PA – both professionally and personally. But international practice requires more preparation than practicing in the U.S.

Distinguished Fellow Program

AAPA honors Distinguished Fellows for their leadership, service, and contributions made to our profession.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

We want your voice to be heard. That’s why we offer a variety of volunteer leadership opportunities – exclusive to AAPA members – that can make an immediate impact on your career.

Clinical Preceptor Recognition Program

One of the most important ways you can help patients find and receive the best medical care is to help educate the next generation of PAs.

Business Ownership and Independent Contracting

Decide whether ownership or working for yourself is right for you.

Career Transitions

Planning a Break From Clinical Practice

Thinking about taking time off? Here are some tips to make a clear reentry plan so you can resume practicing as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Returning to Practice

Prepare for a return to practice after a break with information on licensure and related reentry requirements. 

Resigning From Employment

Moving on from your current job? We’ve got the guidance – and the checklist – you need on how to transition gracefully, along with tips on what to handle before your final day.

Changing Specialties

Learn about the educational resources that are available to help you switch from one specialty to another.