Advanced Practice Roles

Advanced Practice Provider (APP)

Advanced Practice Provider is the modern term referencing a non-physician healthcare practitioner who is either a physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) serving in a provider role—typically a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist or nurse midwife, but may also include clinical nurse specialist.

This group of providers is still sometimes referred to as mid-level providers (MLPs), physician extenders, non-physician providers (NPPs), non-physician medical providers (NMPs), allied health practitioners (AHPs), or licensed independent practitioners (LIPs).


Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse is the umbrella term referencing any of the four advanced practice nursing roles: nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, or clinical nurse specialist.

Sometimes this group is also referred to as Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs).