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CarrollHospitalCenter.org7TesedaysmanypatientsareseeingphysicianassistantsPAsandnursepractitionersNPsfortheircare.OurpopulationisgrowingandagingatarapidrateexplainsprimarycarephysicianVictoriaWilsonM.D.TehealthcaresystemdependsonqualityPAsandNPstomeetthedemand.AccordingtoDr.Wilsonitshouldntmatterwhattypeoprovideryouseetheexperi-enceandqualityocareshouldbevirtuallyidentical.AtCarrollHealthGroupourNPsandPAshavealotothesamehands-onexperienceasourphysicianstheyreadthesameresearchtheyusethesametreatmenttoolsshesays.Intheendwealltackleverysimilarthings.InthestateoMarylandNPsandPAsareauthorizedtoprovidemostothesameservicesasaphysiciantheycandiagnoseandtreatillnessesorderandinterpretlabtestswriteprescriptionsandmorebuttheircoursesotrainingaredierent.PhysicianAssistantsTePAcourseostudyollowsthemedicalschoolmodelarigorouscombinationoclassroomandclinicalinstructionatthemastersdegreelevel.DuringtheirprogramPAsgetin-depthtraininginanumberospecialtyrotationsgivingthemabroadrangeoskillsoncetheyreinpractice.PAsarentocusedononespecialtywhichiswhatIloveaboutmyjobsaysBethHicksP.A.-C.whohasspecializedinprimarycareornearlynineyears.IspentthefrstsixyearsomycareeratanurgentcarecenteranemergencyroomandanorthopaedicpracticeandcanbringallothatextraexperiencetotheamiliesIcareornow.NursePractitionersNPsmusthaveatleasttwoyearsoexperienceasaregisterednurseandouryearsoclinical-basededucationbeoretheycanevenbeconsideredoraspotinamasters-ordoctoral-levelNPprogram.OnceenrolledNPstudentslearnanursing-modelapproachtodeliveringcare.WeretrainedtobethecaptainoourpatientscareandtoseethewholepatientnotjustmedicallybutalsowhatmightbegoingonwiththepatientsamilyorhomelieexplainsamilymedicinespecialistJudithStambaughF.N.P.-B.C.C.R.N.P.NPsaremorethannursesbutwerestillnursesatheart.Wellwipeyournoseorhelpyouputyoursocksbackon.Teresverylittlewecantorwontdoorourpatients.UnderstandingtheirroleinyourcareDecipheringtheCredentialsP.A.-C.CertiedPhysicianAssistantInordertopracticePAsmustsitoraboardcertifcationexamwiththeNationalCommissiononCertifcationoPhysicianAssistantsonceeverysixyears.AllPAsmustbelicensedbytheMarylandBoardoPhysicians.C.R.N.P.CertiedRegisteredNursePractitionerAllNPsmustbelicensedbytheMarylandBoardoNursingtopracticeinthisstate.F.N.P.-B.C.Board-CertiedFamilyNursePractitionerInadditiontotheirstatecertifcationNPsmustcompleteaboardcertifca-tionexamintheirareaospecialtywithanationalcredentialingorga-nization.F.N.P.-B.C.credentialsorexampleindicateanNPwhoisboardcertifedtospecializeinamilymedicine.PicturedleftBethHicksP.A.-C.talkstopatientRebeccaDillmanduringanappointment.RightJudithStambaughF.N.P.-B.C.C.R.N.P.NeedaprimarycareproviderCarrollHealthGroupPrimaryCarehasnineconvenientlocationstoserveyou.VisitCarrollHealthGroup.comtofindalocationnow.