Advanced 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.