Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
What is a Physician Assistant (PA)?
- Part of the U.S. healthcare system since the 1960s, physician assistants (PAs), are licensed or certified health professionals who provide a broad range of medical and surgical services under the supervision of a physician.
- PAs can both diagnose and treat illness and injuries.
- Our PAs work in partnership with our physicians to help ensure that we provide our patients with efficient and effective care.
- Whenever one of our qualified PAs is seeing patients in the office, during hospital rounds or when assisting in surgeries, the supervising physician is immediately available for consultation either in person or by telephone.
- Your physician has ultimate responsibility for your health and welfare.
What Does the “C” in PA-C Mean?
- This means that the PA has passed the certification exam developed by the National Board of Medical Examiners and administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
- All PAs are certified by the NCCPA.
Can PAs or APRNs Prescribe Medications?
- In Florida, both are authorized to write and sign some prescriptions without a physician co-signature.
What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?
- A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who has completed advanced coursework and clinical education beyond that required of the generalist registered nurse (RN) role.
- According to the International Council of Nurses, an NP/advanced practice registered nurse is “a registered nurse who has acquired the knowledge base, decision-making skills, and clinical competencies for expanded practice beyond that of an RN, the characteristics of which would be determined by the context in which he or she is credentialed to practice.”
At Florida Orthopaedic Institute, our highly trained and specialized orthopedic team includes a nearly 30 physician assistants and nurse practitioners—health care providers who are trained and licensed to practice orthopedic medicine with limited supervision of a physician. Without these invaluable orthopedic experts, Florida Orthopaedic Institute would not be able to function to the high degree it does now.