Advanced Practice Providers
Many primary care physicians also use advanced practice providers to help take care of their patients. Advanced practice providers are Nurse Practitioners (ARNP’s) and Physician Assistants (PA’s) who are trained to manage patient care under the supervision of a physician. They are licensed to provide care, as well as to order diagnostic tests or prescribe many medications.
Nurse Practitioners have completed a registered nursing degree program as part of a bachelor’s degree. In addition, they have master’s degree from an accredited nurse practitioner program. Physician Assistants also have a bachelor’s degree and then complete a master’s level degree in a physician assistants program, and may specialize in many fields of medicine including family medicine.