The Everett Clinic provider team is comprised of physicians and advanced care providers (ACP) who provide primary care at Clinic locations throughout Snohomish County. There are two kinds of ACPs in primary care: advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs or PNPs) and physician assistants (PACs).
Choosing an ARNP as your Primary Care Provider
Our primary care ARNPs are part of our primary care provider team which is made up of Physicians and ACPs. Many patients don’t realize they have the option of establishing with an ARNP as their primary care provider. Their training includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing (and often a Doctorate in Nursing), as well as clinical practicum training. They are licensed in the state of Washington and partner with our physicians to provide care to our community.
Some ARNPs have their own practices, while others work in partnership with a physician to provide team care for a group of patients, making the whole practice more accessible to patients. An ARNP provides health maintenance exams, well child check-ups, annual wellness and comprehensive exams, as well as chronic disease management and acute illness visits. They focus on education and disease prevention.
PACs role on our care team
As part of our care team, PACs are available to see you when your primary care provider is not available. Their training includes a Bachelor’s degree, as well as completion of a Physician Assistant program. They are certified through the National Commission of Physician Assistants. PACs partner with our physicians as well, but you are not able to choose them as a primary care provider.
ACPs are able to immediately access a physician if there is any question in the diagnosis or your treatment. All ACPs can diagnose, prescribe medications, order and review labs and create a plan of care for patients.