COVID-19 Information Center: get the latest on vaccines, testing, screening, visitor policy and post-COVID support >>
Most people know that the initials RN after someone’s name means registered nurse.
MD? Medical doctor. DO? Doctor of osteopathic medicine.
But have you ever wondered what the other initials mean after a caregiver’s name, such as APRN, NP or PA?
You’ll likely encounter an advanced practice clinician if you go to a Walk-In Clinic, in your primary care physician’s office or in the hospital to see a specialist. You may even see one as your primary care provider.
Here are some of the types of advanced practice clinicians you could see:
One benefit of choosing an advanced practice clinician is convenience — they typically aren’t as booked as doctors. They staff our Walk-In Clinics and can handle minor illnesses and injuries.
Another plus: NPs and PAs often work and consult with doctors, which brings a team approach to your care. Don’t doubt the expertise of advanced practice clinicians, they come with a thorough medical education and provide high-quality care.
At our fast and friendly Walk-In Clinics you will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis by board-certified family nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
If you have reached this screen, your current device or browser is unable to access the full Edward-Elmhurst Health Web site.
To see the full site, please upgrade your browser to the most recent version of Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. If you cannot upgrade your browser, you can remain on this site.