Advanced Practice Provider
What is an Advanced Practice Provider?
MaineHealth Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) evaluate, diagnose and treat patients of all ages—from babies to the elderly. They may serve as your primary care provider (PCP).
APPs are nationally-certified, state-licensed and highly-skilled medical professionals, that include:
- Physician Assistants (PAs): PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider.
- Nurse Practitioners (NPs): NPs are registered nurses who have also completed their master’s or doctoral degree and have additional advanced clinical training. Didactic and clinical courses prepare NPs with specialized knowledge and clinical competency to practice in primary care, acute care and long-term health care settings. A nurse practitioner may diagnose, manage and treat patients, and may also serve as the patient’s principle healthcare provider.
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs): CRNAs are advanced practice registered nurses with graduate level education & training who provide anesthetics to patients in every practice setting, and for every type of surgery or procedure.