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PA Leadership Academy: Professional Development Certificate in Leadership

Sunday, November 15th, 2020
Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Earn your Certificate in Leadership through our Leadership Academy, a professional development program brought to you by Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions and supported by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA). You will learn how to become a more effective leader in your organization with the 11-credit certificate program that includes a one-day intensive course and two 90-minute follow-up webinars. You will emerge with key personal and organizational strategies that prepare you to successfully lead change in your workplace.

The program includes an optional 20-credit Personal Leadership Project (PLP) with mentorship by ASU faculty that helps you implement the leadership skills that you developed in the academy and directly apply them to a leadership challenge or project in your workplace. Examples of PLP topics include quality improvement initiatives, system-based challenges or development of an educational intervention. Completion of the PLP includes a written workbook and a presentation to the cohort on the project development and findings.


11-31 AAPA Category 1 CME credits


  • $995 (AAPA Members)
  • $1,250 (Non-members)

$100 deposit will reserve your space in the program and will apply toward your registration fee.

*Event held one-day prior and at the same venue as the AAPA 2020 Executive Leadership Conference

Space is limited, so we encourage you to register soon.

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Program Components

  • One-Day Intensive: “Developing Executive Presence to Create Long-lasting Change” (8 AAPA Category 1 CME credits)
  • Two Follow-up Webinars (1.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credit each; total of 3 AAPA Category 1 CME credits)
  • Personal Leadership Project (Optional; 20 AAPA Category 1 CME credits)

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and implement key strategies to lead during crisis and uncertainty.
  • Adopt a growth vs. fixed mindset to successfully lead in the complex health care environment.
  • Apply key skills and tools of high-performance teamwork in order to lead within your organization.
  • Develop techniques to improve influence within your organization to create and lead change.
  • Create an “Executive Presence” by incorporating specific skills and tools based on the “Amy Cuddy” model.
  • Identify a key leadership challenge and work with colleagues to develop a structured approach to successfully completing a leadership project.
  • Apply a framework for driving and managing change for personal and organizational change.

Learn More and Contact Us

For more details about the Professional Development Certificate in Leadership and the PLP, review the program syllabus.

Scholarship opportunities are available for AAPA Members. Learn more about the scholarship requirements and apply by August 28, 2020.

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Note: This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers will be requesting AAPA Category 1 CME credits from the AAPA Review Panel. The total number of approved credits is yet to be determined.