The Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants

What is a Physician Assistant?

Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed, or in the case of those employed by the federal government they are credentialed, to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. A PA's practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.   -AAPA website definition

What is the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants (NAPA)?

NAPA is the state professional organization for Physician Assistants.  It is a constituent chapter of the national organization known as the American Academy of Physician Assistants.  NAPA was started in 1976 by the first graduating class of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant program.  The organization serves as a resource to Nebraska PAs, provides continuing medical education, strengthens public relations to the profession, advocates for quality patient care, and monitors legislation; taking action on legislative issues affecting health care and patient welfare. The percentage of Nebraska PAs holding membership to their state professional organization is one of the highest percentages in the nation for a constituent organization.

NAPA's home is in Lincoln, NE.  Its origins began with organizational efforts made by its founding members and has transitioned from home environment offices, to the Metro Omaha Medical Society (MOMS) location, to renting office space and coordinating Academy business using part-time office staff, to a location in Lincoln and management by a professional management firm.

What is the Purpose of NAPA?

The purposes of this Academy are to render loyal and faithful service to the medical profession and to the public, to develop and enforce continuing educational programs for the Physician Assistant and the Academy membership, to promote the Physician

Assistant concept through the education of professional and lay people, and to promote similar interests in the student societies.  The Academy acts on behalf of Nebraska PAs statewide.

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