Office for Student Affairs > Boynton Health

Boynton Health ServiceBoynton Health Service

Health care providers

Types of Health Care Providers at Boynton

The following are definitions of health care providers at Boynton Health Service:

MD, Medical Doctor: An MD must complete four years of medical school, and three to eight more years of graduate medical education, which includes residency and fellowship training, during which MDs will often choose a specialty, such as internal medicine, family practice, surgery, etc. MDs must also obtain a license to practice medicine from the state in which they plan on practicing medicine. MDs see patients for a variety of reasons and can fully prescribe medications if needed.

top

DO, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine: Like an MD, a DO must complete four years of medical school, and three to seven years of graduate medical education, which includes residency and fellowship training, during which DOs will often choose a specialty area. DOs also receive extra training in osteopathic manipulative treatment. Dos, like MDs obtain a license to practice from the state in which they practice medicine. DOs see patients for a variety of reasons and can prescribe medications.

top

NP, Nurse Practitioner: Nurse Practitioners (NPs) provide high-quality primary, acute and specialty health care services similar to those of a physician. NPs have graduate education and advanced clinical training beyond their initial registered nurse preparation. NPs assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, and initiate and manage treatment plans—including prescribing medications.

top

PA, Physician Assistant: A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a physician. A PA is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician, when needed. Responsibilities of a PA in primary care include, but are not limited to: performing physical examinations, diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting lab tests, performing minor surgical procedures, providing patient education and counseling, and prescribing medications. PAs strive for the maintenance of a patient's health by means of preventive medicine and health promotion.

top

PT, Physical Therapist: A physical therapist (PT) must receive a graduate degree, Master's or Doctoral, from an accredited physical therapy program and pass a national licensure exam. State licensure is required in each state in which a PT practices. PTs work with individuals to improve mobility, decrease pain, increase strength, restore function, and prevent disability.

top

OD, Doctor of Optometry: Doctors of optometry (ODs) are the primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. ODs can prescribe medication and perform some surgical procedures.

top

RD, Registered Dietician: A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert who has an undergraduate degree, completed an accredited practice program, and passed a national and state licensure exam. The majority of RDs work in the treatment and prevention of disease, which includes administering medical nutrition therapy, often part of medical teams.

top

DDS, Doctor of Dental Surgery: A Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) has a four-year undergraduate degree and four years of full-time study at an accredited dental school. A DDS has completed both written and practical examinations in order to pass the National Board Dental Examination.

top

RDH, Registered Dental Hygienist: A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) is a licensed preventive oral health professional. An RDH has completed either a two- or four-year degree, which includes 585 clocked hours of supervised clinical dental hygiene instruction, and is responsible for inspecting an individual’s oral health before seeing a DDS.

top

Psychiatrist, MD or DO: Psychiatrists are physicians that specialize in the field of psychiatry, or the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. Psychiatrists attend medical school to earn an MD or DO, followed by a psychiatric residency where they must practice medicine for at least four more years. All psychiatrists must pass board exams for certification. Like other physicians, psychiatrists can fully prescribe medications to their patients.

top

Clinical Psychologists, PhD: Clinical psychologists share a common aim with psychiatrists in that they attempt to alleviate mental distress. However, psychologists are not licensed physicians and have not attended medical school. In order to be a member of the American Psychological Association, psychologists must have doctoral training, typically by receiving a PhD. Psychologists cannot typically prescribe medicine, and instead rely on psychotherapy and the administration of psychological tests for their patients.

top

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW): These social work professionals must complete either a masters or doctoral degree in social work. Clinical Social Workers use certain clinical skills and methods and apply them to their social work to restore and enhance individual and group functioning. Treatment methods include individual, marital, couple, family and group counseling and psychotherapy.

top

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC): These professionals observe, evaluate, and help modify an individual's behavior as it relates to alcohol and drug use. LADCs must have at least a bachelor's degree, complete an alcohol and drug counselor practicum, pass and exam, and must complete 2000 hours of supervised practice before obtaining their license.

top

Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW): These professionals must have a master's degree in social work and complete 2000-3000 hours of supervised work experience before obtaining their license. These social workers help clients deal with life issues by taking a societal or environmental perspectives. LGSWs often are also responsible for lower-level licensees while maintaining social work.

top

Meet Our Staff

Health Care Provider Bios

Dental Clinic
Eye Clinic
Gopher Quick Clinic
Health Coaching
Massage Therapy
Mental Health Clinic
Nutrition
Pharmacy
Physical Therapy
Primary Care
Women’s Clinic

Health Care Provider Definitions

Boynton Staff Directory

Administrative and Support Services Staff
Health and Medical Services Staff

Contact informations for Boynton staff is available from the U of M directory's People Search website.

Peer Health Promotion Staff Bios

de-stress
Health Advocates–Greek HAs
Health Advocates–Residence Hall HAs
Health Advocates–Senior HAs
SHADE–Sexual health
SNAC–Student Nutrition Advocacy Collaborative


Boynton Health

410 Church Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455

P: 612-625-8400 | F: 612-625-1434