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Providers and Continuity of Care

Provider is the term PUSH Medical services use to refer to all individuals who evaluate and diagnose patients.   We strongly encourage your student to request the same provider each time he comes to PUSH, this will allow him to develop a relationship with that provider similar to the relationship he has had with your family physician.  In the medical areas of PUSH, the providers may have one of the following designations:

DO: A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. He/she has a four year undergraduate degree and four years of medical education. He/she may choose to practice in a specialty area of medicine after completing a residency program. A DO receives extra training in the musculoskeletal system. For more information visit the American Osteopathic Association website.

MD: A Doctor of Medicine. He/she has a four year undergraduate degree and four years of medical education. He/she may choose to practice in a specialty area of medicine after completing a residency program. For more information visit the American Medical Association website.

NP:  A registered nurse (RN) with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness. Nurse Practitioners prescribe medications, treat illness, and administer physical exams. NPs differ from physicians in that they focus on prevention, wellness, and education. NPs specialize in providing all-encompassing individualized care. For more information visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitionerswebsite.

PT:  A physical therapist (PT) has completed a 4 year undergraduate degree and either a master's or doctoral degree. He/she has also passed a national and state licensure exam. In order to retain his/her license many states require continuing education classes. PTs provide services that restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. For more information visit the American Physical Therapy Association website.

RD:  A Registered Dietitians (RD) is a health care professional with training as food and nutrition experts. RDs can provide sound medical advice to help you meet your health goals. Requirements to become a RD include: minimum of a bachelor degree, completion of an accredited supervised practice program, pass a national examination, and completion of continuing professional education requirements. For more information visit the American Dietetic Association website.

In CAPS, the mental health providers will have one of the following designations:

Ph.D./Psy.D: This is an individual who holds a doctorate in either Counseling or Clinical Psychology.  An individual with a doctorate completes four years of undergraduate work, and an additional four to five years in their doctoral program, as well as a year of full-time pre-doctoral internship experience.  More information may be found at the website for the American Psychological Association.

LCSW: A staff member licensed as a clinical social worker is someone who holds a Master's of Social Work degree, or MSW, and has received a certain amount of supervised training in providing therapy services to qualify for this particular type of license to practice as an independent mental health practitioner.  The website for the National Association of Social Workers provides further information.

Psychiatrist: A mental health provider with this designation is an MD (see above) who has additionally received training in mental health disorders, including having completed a four year residency specifically in Psychiatry.  For further information, please see the website for the American Psychiatric Association.

Psychology Resident: A Psychology Resident is most often an individual recently graduated with his or her doctorate in Counseling or Clinical Psychology, having recently successfully completed their pre-doctoral internship experience.  During this residency experience, the newly minted professional acquires necessary hours of supervised post-internship experience that will allow him or her to apply for licensure as an independent practitioner in Psychology.

Pre-doctoral Psychology Intern: CAPS hosts three full-time pre-doctoral interns each year.  These staff members are individuals in the very last stages of their doctoral work, having completed all necessary coursework and working on their dissertation.  In order to graduate with a doctoral degree, a student must successfully complete a full-time, twelve month, highly supervised practice experience, where the role of the internship program is to certify that, at the end of the year, the intern is ready to practice independently as an entry level psychologist.

PUSH Referrals

For complex medical care and services such as Dentistry or Optometry, PUSH may provide your student with community resources to help meet their care needs. Students can obtain information regarding other services by calling (765) 494-1700.

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