Introducing the PA profession to all ages.

What is the Back2School Program?


NCCPA’s Back 2 School program is an on-going initiative that encourages Board Certified PAs to speak to elementary, middle, high school and pre-PA students about the PA profession as a potential career path.

The program’s goals are to: 

  • Increase awareness of the profession. It’s important for youth to know what a PA is, as they will likely see a PA for their medical care at some point.
  • Introduce the profession as an achievable career choice to students at an early age, allowing them to plan and prepare. Certain prerequisites are required or preferred by PA programs, so the earlier that students can begin preparing and focusing their studies and courses, the better! 
  • Increase diversity of the profession. NCCPA is committed to increasing diversity in the PA profession. A more diverse health care workforce improves patient satisfaction and outcomes. Introducing the PA profession as a career option to students in racial and ethnic minority groups is a great way to make an impact in this initiative.
  • Help develop a pipeline of PAs to meet the country’s health care demands. There is a projected shortage of 124,000 physicians by 2034. PAs are prepared to step up and fill this gap in order to provide high quality, accessible care to patients.
  • Draw interest in PA profession through HBCU outreach efforts. 

As one of the nation’s top health care jobs, it is important to share information about the profession with younger students so that they, too, may consider, and begin preparing for a career as a PA.

Are you a PA interested in sharing the profession with students? Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Contact your local school or college.
  2. Schedule a presentation to talk with a group of students.
  3. Email [email protected] with details of your upcoming presentation (date, location, estimated number of students, grade level), and we’ll send you a PPT presentation you can use.
  4. Check out additional resources you can use for your outreach.

Back2School Resources

We have several resources to help spark interest and inspire future PAs of all ages. (Click the grade below to view the resources)



Learn all about PAs with this fun activity book! Through coloring exercises, a word search and various other activities, young students will have a greater understanding of PAs.



Middle school students can learn more about the journey to becoming a PA in this fun board game.


Back2School Presentations

Are you interested in sharing the PA profession with students? Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Contact your local school or college.
  2. Schedule a presentation to talk with a group of students.
  3. Fill out the form by clicking the link below to download a PPT presentation you can use.
  4. Check out the resources tab for other tools, including infographics, coloring books and games.