MaineHealth Advanced Practice Providers
What is an Advanced Practice Provider?
MaineHealth advanced practice providers (APPs) evaluate, diagnose and treat patients of all ages. APPs are nationally-certified, state-licensed and highly-skilled medical professionals who may serve as your primary care provider (PCP). APP roles 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 primary health care 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 primary health care provider.
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs): CRNAs are registered nurses with advanced, graduate-level training in providing anesthetics to patients in every practice setting, and for every type of surgery or procedure.