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Lifetime Founding Members. A lifetime founding member shall be a PA who is a graduate of a PA program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC- PA), or by one of its predecessor agencies (Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation [CAHEA], Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs [CAAHEP]) or who has passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) or an examination administered by another agency approved by ADPA. In addition, a lifetime founding member must have conferred a doctoral degree of study. Lifetime founding members shall have the privilege of the floor, voting, and are eligible to hold office. This membership will only be available to the first 50 members, with current member recommendation for said membership. 

Fellow Members. A fellow member shall be a PA who is a graduate of a PA program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC- PA), or by one of its predecessor agencies (Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation [CAHEA], Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs [CAAHEP]) or who has passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) or an examination administered by another agency approved by ADPA. In addition, a fellow member must have conferred a doctoral degree of study. Fellow members shall have the privilege of the floor, voting, and are eligible to hold office. 

Scholar Members. A scholar member is an individual who is a graduate of a PA program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC- PA), or by one of its predecessor agencies (Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation [CAHEA], Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs [CAAHEP]) or who has passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) or an examination administered by another agency approved by the Association and who is enrolled in a terminal degree program leading to a doctoral degree. Student members shall be entitled to the privileges of the floor, voting, and are eligible to hold office. 

Student Members. A student member is an individual who is enrolled in an ARC-PA or successor agency approved PA program and is enrolled in a terminal degree program leading to a doctoral degree. Said student members shall be entitled to the privileges of the floor, but shall not be entitled to vote or hold office.

Educational Members. Educational members are those PAs, and other faculty approved by the Board of Directors of the ADPA, who are affiliated with Doctoral PA programs, who otherwise do not meet the requirements for membership. Educational members shall be entitled to the privileges of the floor but shall not be entitled to vote or hold office.

Affiliate Members. Affiliate members shall consist of individuals, such as PAs interested in exploring the doctorate option. Affiliate members shall be entitled to the privileges of the floor but shall not be entitled to vote or to hold office.  

Sustaining Members. Sustaining members shall consist of ARC-PA, CAHEA, CAAHEP or successor agency approved PA program graduates who have chosen not to actively practice in the profession, have a terminal degree, and opt to be classified as sustaining members. Sustaining members shall be entitled to privileges of the floor, but shall not be entitled to vote or hold office. 

Physician Members. Physician members shall consist of licensed physicians who desire to associate with the Academy and are approved by the Board of Directors of the ADPA or its designee committee. Physician members shall be entitled to the privileges of the floor, but shall not be entitled to vote or hold office. 

Associate Members. Associate members shall consist of representatives of businesses engaged in selling products or services to PAs or individuals employed by government agencies who do not qualify for any other membership category and are approved by the Board of Directors of the ADPA or its designee committee. Associate members are not entitled to the privileges of the floor, to vote, or to hold office. 

Honorary Members. Honorary membership may be conferred by the Academy upon non-PAs who have rendered distinguished service to the PA profession. Honorary members shall have all the rights and privileges of the Academy with the exception of voting, holding office, and/or chairing commissions or work groups. All honorary members shall be exempt from the payment of dues. 

Retired Members. A retired member shall be a doctorate level PA who is a former fellow member who has chosen to retire from the profession, and opts to be classified as a retired member. Retired members shall be entitled to privileges of the floor, but shall not be entitled to vote or hold office.

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