Membership Categories

Fellow Members

Those persons who have successfully completed a physician assistant program or surgeon assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission (ARC-PA); who are working Physician Assistants and who work and /or reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and who are current members of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

  • Fellow members shall be entitled to privileges of the floor and may vote on all matters.
  • Fellow members who are employed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nature of whose employment requires Licensure with the State Board of Medicine, must obtain a Board of Medicine license prior to applying for Fellow status in the Virginia Academy if Physician Assistants (VAPA), and must provide their current VA Board license number to the Academy Secretary. Physician Assistants shall be properly in compliance with state law regarding Licensure to be eligible for membership in this Academy.

Sustaining Members

Those persons who otherwise meet all of the requirements and conditions that apply to Fellows, but who are not current members of the AAPA.

  • Sustaining members shall be entitled to privileges of the floor.
  • Since a sustaining member is not a member of the AAPA then that person may vote on all issues except those pertaining to the AAPA or to the election of delegates and alternates to the annual meeting of the House of Delegates of the AAPA. If the sustaining member is not recognized as currently and validly certified by the NCCPA then that person may vote on all issues except those pertaining to the NCCPA. If the sustaining member is not a member of the AAPA and not currently certified by the NCCPA, then both prohibitions apply.
  • Fellows who allow their AAPA membership to lapse shall automatically assume sustaining membership status.

Affiliate Members

Those persons who do not meet the requirements of any other category of membership, but who nevertheless have a keen interest in the profession and wish to associate with this Academy. Affiliate members shall be entitled to privileges of the floor and to all other rights of membership in the VAPA, but shall not be entitled to vote on any issues or in any elections.

Student Members

Those persons who are enrolled in programs accredited by ARC-PA. Student members shall be entitled to privileges of the floor, but shall not be entitled to vote on any issue or in any election except for the vote to elect their Student Representative. The Student Representative shall be elected by his or her peers and enjoy all the rights and privileges including formal vote except in matters relating to the AAPA. Honorary Members: Those persons of distinction who have rendered outstanding service to the Academy and who are elected by the Board of Directors. Honorary Members shall be entitled to privileges of the floor, but shall not be entitled to vote on any issues or in any election and they shall be exempt from paying dues.

Physician Members

Those licensed supervising physicians with a keen interest in the Physician Assistant profession in Virginia, who desire to participate in and further support the VAPA. Physician members shall be entitled to privilege of the floor, but shall not be entitled to vote on any issue or in any election.

Interim Student Members

Available to VAPA Student members for the membership year immediately following their date of graduation.

Honorary Members

Those persons of distinction who have rendered outstanding service to the Academy and who are elected approved by the Board of Directors. Honorary members shall be entitled to privileges of the floor, but shall not be entitled to vote on any issue or in any election and they shall be exempt from paying dues.

Military/Veterans Administration/Veteran Members

Those persons who are working as Physician Assistants employed by a branch of the United States Military or Veterans Administration and who work and/or reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Those who are not members of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) may vote on all issues except those pertaining to the AAPA or the election of delegates or alternates to the annual meeting of the House of Delegates of the AAPA.

Dues are paid annually for the period from January 1 - December 31.
Application information is intended for VAPA use only and will not be redistributed