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Advanced Practice Providers: What You Should Know

Amanda Creamer, FNP

Published on October 27, 2020

Who are advanced practice providers (APPs)?

Advanced practice providers are part of a group of medical professionals that include nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) who provide care throughout the healthcare system. These medical providers work closely with your physician to diagnose, treat and coordinate your care. APPs are highly knowledgeable and serve as key members of your healthcare team.

What are the qualifications to be an APP?

All nurse practitioners and physician assistants having the following:

  • A graduate level education, such as a master’s or doctoral degree
  • Board certification and license
  • Specialized training

What do APPs do?

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants have a wide range of abilities and can do the following:

  • Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions, including injuries and illnesses
  • Perform procedures
  • Prescribe medications and other treatments
  • Manage a patient’s care
  • Conduct hospital rounds and office visits
  • Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests, including labs and X-rays
  • Assist during surgeries

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