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About the Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants
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Mission Statement

The Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants is the voice of PAs in Idaho; leading through education, advocacy, community involvement and professional growth.


History and Regulatory Efforts

The Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA) has been representing Physician Assistants in Idaho since 1977. At that time, there were only 16 PAs in Idaho; today there are over 1,100 licensed PAs and PA students in the state. Over the years, the IAPA has developed into a dynamic professional organization representing over 300 PAs in the state of Idaho.

The focus of the IAPA has been and continues to be creating a positive practice environment for Idaho PAs. Due to the efforts of the IAPA and others, PAs in Idaho enjoy many practice privileges that PAs in other states are denied.

• Idaho PAs have full prescriptive authority including controlled substances – not so in many states
• Idaho PAs work with their supervising physicians to determine an appropriate scope of practice – not so in many states where limitations are dictated by law
• Idaho PAs are not required to have charts co-signed by their supervising physician and instead work with the physician to determine the appropriate level of chart review – most states require co-signing of charts
• Idaho PAs are protected by statutes that regulate licensure – not so in all states
• Idaho PAs can own their own practices and employ physicians – not so in many states

There are still statutory improvements to be made in Idaho. For example, Idaho PAs work under supervision ratio restrictions. This is one practice limitation the IAPA is working to improve.

Please join the IAPA to make your voice heard and to influence the future of PA practice in Idaho.

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