What’s an Advanced Practice Provider (APP)?

What’s an Advanced Practice Provider (APP)?

Advanced Practice Providers are an important part of the patient care team and work at hospitals, outpatient centers, physician offices, emergency rooms and urgent care centers, and in many different specialties.

APP talking with patientAdvanced Practice Provider (APP)

An APP is an Advanced Practice Provider, which includes physician assistants (P.A.-C), nurse practitioners (N.P.), acute care nurse practitioners (ACNP) and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA).

APPs have six to eight years of education, depending on their specialty. Board-certified by national organizations and licensed by the State of Florida, all APPs complete continuing education requirements and regularly undergo a re-certification process.

Because of their advanced training, APPs can do a lot of the same things a physician does:

  • Take patient histories
  • Conduct physical exams
  • Order lab work, x-rays and other tests
  • Perform women’s health exams
  • Take pre-operative histories
  • Conduct post-operative exams
  • Help patients manage chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease
  • Make referrals to specialists or other services
  • Prescribe medications

Patients benefit from having both a physician and an APP working together on their care.