A family medicine provider is trained to care for you and your family by diagnosing and treating acute
and chronic illnesses. Family medicine providers provide routine health screenings and counseling on
healthy lifestyles changes in order to prevent illness. If patients develop a health condition that
requires care from a specialist, your family provider will be there to guide you and to coordinate all
aspects of your care. Avita has many family medicine providers available to you and your family. Family
medicine providers within Avita are MDs, CNPs, and PA-Cs.
Non-physician health care professionals, such as Certified Nurse Practitioners and Physician
Assistants, provide individuals and families with another healthcare option beyond a licensed
physician. CNPs provide a broad range of healthcare services, collaborate closely with physicians and
often serve as a patient’s regular health care provider.
Understanding a CNP
A CNP is an advanced practice nurse who has completed graduate-level education (either Master’s or
Doctoral degree). All CNPs are registered nurses with additional education/training, licensed through
state nursing boards, and hold national certification in an area of specialty, such as family health.
The core philosophy of a CNP is individualized care, making prevention, wellness, and patient education
a priority. CNPs treat both physical and mental conditions through comprehensive history taking,
physical exams, and ordering tests and therapies for patients within their scope of practice.
Understanding a PA
PAs are trained in intensive programs by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the
Physician Assistant. Because of the close working relationship with physicians, PAs are educated in the
medical model designed to complement physician training. PAs are found in all areas of medicine such as
medicine and internal medicine. The “C” after a PA’s title means that the PA met the defined course of
study and has undergone testing by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
A CNP’s or PA’s scope of practice
A Certified Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant plays a primary role in the following:
- The diagnosis, treatment, evaluation, and management of both acute and chronic diseases (such
as diabetes and high blood pressure)
- Physical examinations
- Diagnostic studies interpretation and ordering (such as EKGs and lab tests)
- Medication prescription (state regulations vary)
- Well-child care
- The education and counseling on patient health behaviors, self-care skills, and treatment
- Surgery assistance