What are Advanced Practice Providers?

By: Heather Scott, PA-C

Heather Scott, PA-C

While visiting one of our locations, you might be scheduled to see one of our Advanced Practice Providers (APP), which is a team of Physician Assistants (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP).  Although not a medical doctor (MD) by title, your PA or NP is a critical piece to the healthcare team and necessary to ensure patients are delivered high quality, evidence-based care.

After completing undergraduate work, PAs attend an accredited PA program, which on average lasts 27 months.  During this time, they spend countless hours in classroom instruction, as well as over 2,000 hours on clinical rotations.  At the end of training, they are rewarded a Master’s degree and must then pass the national certification exam.  Throughout their career they must participate in continuing medical education and complete license recertification.

NPs must first hold a Bachelor Degree in Nursing and be a Registered Nurse.  They will then pursue a Master of Science in Nursing, or Doctor of Nursing Practice.  Their training will include a track of patient focus and take approximately 24 months to complete, including substantial classroom work and time spent on rotations.  Like PAs, they must pass their licensing exam and participate in continuing medical education.

Our team of APPs are well trained, qualified and can provide exceptional patient care.  This ranges from seeing patients in the office, developing, and executing a plan of care, prescribing medications, as well as ordering and interpreting additional tests.  We look forward to caring for you and your loved ones and continually strive to improve quality of life.

We look forward to seeing you when you visit!

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