April Blog: Advanced Practitioners Are A Vital Part of Your Healthcare Team








These highly trained medical professionals are equipped to provide direct acute and chronic care for patients as primary care providers.

Advanced Practitioners:

  • Complete physical examinations
  • Diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems
  • Interpret laboratory results and X-rays
  • Prescribe and manage medications and other therapies
  • Provide health teaching and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance
  • Refer patients to other health professionals as needed

All advanced practitioners within Summit work under the supervision of and with direction from a Summit physician.

What Is a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses with advanced education and clinical training to provide an expanded range of clinical services. NPs complete graduate-level education preparation that leads to a master’s degree. NPs must pass the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program National Certification Examination in order to provide patient care. This competency-based examination is reflective of nurse practitioner knowledge and expertise. NPs recertify every five years through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

What Is a Physician Assistant?

Physician Assistants (PAs) must have attended an accredited PA education program. The PAs then must pass the national certification examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. PAs then need to obtain state authorization to practice through state licensure, registration, or certification. To maintain national certification, PAs must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and pass a recertification examination every six years.

For more information about advanced practitioners and how they can meet your healthcare needs, please contact your Summit Medical Group provider for more details.