Advanced Practitioners, including Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, are valued and important members of the care team at Summit.  These highly trained medical professionals act as an extension of your primary care physician and can provide direct acute and chronic care for patients.  They can take health histories and provide 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; and 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. 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.