Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are formally trained, licensed medical professionals. They do not work under a physician’s medical license, but have a collaborative relationship with a physician supervisor on file; Charles D. Haas, M.D. serves as Medical Director for the LifeTime Health Center clinic. Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are advanced medical providers with autonomy and are not to be confused with a medical assistant. They are trained to serve in a variety of clinical settings and in all medical specialties. Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are rigorously trained in the same medical model as physicians. This training advances a PA’s or NP’s expertise in all areas of medicine in a condensed time frame. Training is roughly two-thirds the length of traditional medical school with 108 weeks of general primary care education. PAs and NPs may enhance their chosen medical specialty in a structured residency program, hand in hand with their physician colleagues. Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are also required to pass a national medical certification board; PAs re-certify every six years while NPs re-certify every two years with either CME hours or a certification examination.
Our healthcare providers focus on preventing disease and illness and maintaining a patient’s good health. They treat illness and injury by providing a broad range of health care services traditionally provided by a physician. Our providers perform physicals, diagnose illnesses, order treatments and tests, interpret medical tests, provide counsel on preventive health care and write prescriptions.