An advanced practice provider (APP) is a health care provider who has completed advanced education and training to provide a wide range of preventive and acute health care services. APPs are licensed to practice independently, but they often collaborate with physicians and other health care professionals to provide comprehensive care to patients.
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses (RNs) who have completed a master's or doctoral degree in nursing. NPs can diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medications, and order tests. They can also provide preventive care, such as immunizations and screenings. NPs work in a variety of settings, including primary care clinics, hospitals, and specialty practices.
Physician assistants (PAs) are health care professionals who have completed a master's degree in physician assistant studies. PAs can diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medications, and order tests. They can also provide preventive care and assist with surgery. PAs work in a variety of settings, including primary care clinics, hospitals, and specialty practices.
Other types of APPs include certified nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs).
APPs play an important role in the health care system by providing high-quality care to patients and expanding access to care. APPs are also more cost-effective than physicians, which helps to make health care more accessible for patients.
Launched in November 2023, the Center for Advanced Practice at Cooper provides Cooper University Health Care with a platform to enhance recruitment and retention and drive high-priority objectives and optional utilization and integration of APPs to drive access, growth, quality, experience, and network integrity, making Cooper the best place to work and the desired destination for advanced practice providers.
The Center is led by Eileen F. Campbell, MSN, APN, FNP-BC,
Chief Advanced Practice Provider at Cooper University Health Care.