Can American PAs work in Canada?

Yes, American certified Physician Assistants may work in Canada. American PAs who have successfully completed an accredited American Physician Assistant Program, and challenged and passed the NCCPA’s Certification Exam are able to practice in Canada. They do not need to complete PA school in Canada to practice.

Many PA employers now require or prefer certified American PAs to write the Canadian Entry to Practice Examination and to be a registered CCPA.

How do I become a Certified Physician Assistant? [From CAPA website]

How do I work in Canada?

Now this is a much more challenging question. There are several ways to apply to work in Canada. I outline a few points her for temporary work and work as a permanent resident. The most up to date, reliable information about working and living in Canada may be found on the Canadian Immigration Commission website.



This information was last updated January 2022.

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  1. Kali March 18, 2022 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Hi. I am not an American citizen but I’m planning on becoming certified there. Would I still be able to apply for a job in Canada?

    • Anne Dang March 21, 2022 at 7:07 am

      Hi Kali,

      American certified PAs can apply to jobs in Canada. However I can’t speak to what it takes to obtain a work visa or immigration (you would have to research this on your own).

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