Oregon Bill Changing PA Title on Its Way to Governor’s Desk

State legislature passes health care omnibus bill including language to designate PAs as physician associates

March 8, 2024

Congratulations to the Oregon Society of Physician Associates for leading the nation in efforts to secure PA title change!

On March 6, the Oregon State Legislature passed a bill that included a variety of healthcare provisions, including officially changing the title of “physician assistants” to “physician associates.”

The bill is now headed to Governor Tina Kotek’s desk for signature.

“This is a huge accomplishment that will help pave the way for more states to adopt title change and ensure patients better understand how PAs practice on healthcare teams,” AAPA President and Chair of the Board Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi, DM, MPH, PA-C, DFAAPA, said.

Until the bill becomes effective, once signed by Gov. Kotek and effective 91 days after adjournment of the 2024 legislative session adjourns, Oregon PAs will continue to practice as physician assistants.