Professional Abbreviations

MD: Medical Doctor
An allopathic physician. MDs are fully-qualified physicians graduated from accredited medical schools.

DO: Osteopathic Doctor
An osteopathic physician. DOs are fully-qualified physicians graduated from accredited medical schools. 

PA, PA-C: Physician Assistant
A Physician Assistant can deliver diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services, as delegated by a physician. A PA-C is a Certified Physician Assistant, while a PA has completed their training and passed their board exam.

NP: Nurse Practitioner
Nurse practitioners are healthcare professionals that complete advanced, graduate level educational programs that enable them to practice independently or in collaboration with other health care professionals and other individuals to diagnose, treat and manage the patient's health problems.

FNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
A Nurse Practitioner specializing in health care for families.

ANP: Adult Nurse Practitioner
A Nurse Practitioner specializing in health care for adults.

GNP: Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
A Nurse Practitioner specializing in health care for elderly individuals.

APNP: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
A Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatry.

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