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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, mentoring relationships, and more from AAPA.

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


Advance Your Career

Leadership & Management Training Courses

These 1-hour online courses focus on topics such as billing and reimbursement, compliance, leadership styles, metrics, and advocacy.

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Degree Pathways

Is your goal to earn an advanced healthcare degree or certificate? This program offers a soft entrance into pursuing an academic degree/certificate by completing prerequisite coursework specific to PA and NP practice.

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All-Access Healthcare Leadership Webinars

Register anytime for 2021 Executive Leadership Tuesdays to get full access to the live webinar series plus all 5 webinar recordings. Special member pricing!

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ACHE/AAPA Leadership Learning Collaborative

The online ACHE/AAPA Leadership Learning Collaborative offers 24 of the 36 credits needed to complete the prestigious FACHE credentialing.

Leadership on Demand

Access recorded leadership sessions from AAPA’s live events and webinars. Choose sessions and bundles from the popular Executive Leadership Conference, AAPA Conference, and more.

Connect in Huddle

Share information with your fellow PA leaders on the “PA Administrators, Managers and Supervisors” discussion page in Huddle. Not currently a member? Email [email protected] to request further information.

Distinguished Fellow Program

AAPA honors Distinguished Fellows for leadership, service, and contributions made to the PA profession.

Clinical Preceptor Recognition Program

AAPA recognizes the hard work of preceptors through its Clinical Preceptor Recognition Program.

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.

NIDA Mentored Outreach Award for SUD Projects

Awards of up to $10,000 are available through the PA Foundation for projects that promote adoption of evidence-based substance use disorder treatment in the clinical setting. Learn more and apply by Nov. 3!

Make a Career Transition

Areas of Practice Guide

Explore a new career direction or specialty with this collection of AAPA and partner resources, salary data, and CME on various practice areas, including Administration, Dermatology, Education, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Telemedicine, and Urgent Care.

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.

Business Ownership and Independent Contracting

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

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.