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Advanced Practice Practioners (APP)

                                                    The "Providers"
The term “provider“ has become popular when speaking of healthcare in the past few years.  But what is a “provider”?  It is a general term referring to all Doctors, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are also called “physician extenders”.

Physician Assistant (PA-C) - The physician assistant, when certified, is a person who graduated from a physician assistant educational program.  They have written for exams to make them certified. 
-Training:  After a 4 year bachelor's undergraduate degree,  then 2 years to complete Master of Science degree in physician assistant health sciences.
Also, there are accelerated physician assistant programs where it will take 5 years to complete - 3 years of a bachelor's undergraduate degree, then 2 years of a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Health Sciences.
Rules different between State and Country on what a physician assistant can do.  PAs cannot practice independently.  They must be supervised under a licensed physician.  Typically, they choose one area of medicine that they enjoy practicing and stay in that area and become proficient.
-For further reading you can visit the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

Nurse Practitioner (NP) - This is a Registered Nurse (RN) who goes back to school to be able to diagnose and treat patients without supervision. 
- Training: A nurse who has completed a 4 year undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing  (BSN) and then decides to do more education.  A Master of Science in nursing is an additional 2 years of education.   Once the board exams have been passed they can work independently.  They can prescribe diagnose and treat patients without any supervision from a physician.

-For further reading you can visit the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

To be truthful, doctors uniformly detest the term "providers" when we are referred to as... a "provider".

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