What is TAPA?

The Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) is a thriving group of over 2,500 Physician Assistants and students from all across the Lone Star State. TAPA was established as a non-profit organization in February 1975 by a few physician assistants who functioned under the delegatory privileges of physicians provided in the Medical Practice Act.      

Mission Statement

The Texas Academy of Physician Assistants advances the PA profession through advocacy and development by leading PAs across Texas.


The Texas Academy of Physician Assistants exists to improve the health of all Texans. 


  • Professional Development - To develop, sponsor and evaluate continuing medical education programs for physician assistants and to provide opportunities, activities, and programs that facilitate the professional development of PAs.
  • Representation of PAs - To sponsor and promote regulatory and legislative changes which will enhance the ability of the physician assistant to provide safe, cost-effective medical care
  • Promotion of the Profession -To serve as the principle public information center for the PA profession in Texas.
  • Team-Based Care - To enhance and strengthen the concept of the physician-PA team in order to strengthen the practice of team-based health care in Texas.


If you have any information you would like to see posted in this section, please contact the Executive Offices at (800) 280-7655 or email TAPA Staff.