Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are advanced healthcare practitioners with similar responsibilities, such as diagnosing illnesses and prescribing medications. However, their training and paths toward certification differ in significant ways. This blog post unpacks the key differences between NPs and PAs to help you determine which career path best aligns with your goals. What Is a Nurse Practitioner? A nurse practitioner (NP) is a licensed clinician who provides comprehensive healthcare to patients of all ages. An NP can work in virtually any healthcare setting, diagnosing patient conditions and prescribing medications. As of October 2022, nurse practitioners have full practice authority in 27 states, meaning that they can practice Read more
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is proud of its students’ achievement and the success of its programs. The University has internal processes for assessing student learning and program success, and it adheres to standards and assessment processes established by accrediting bodies at the institutional and program levels.
The University holds institutional accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and various programmatic accreditations, including the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The various accreditors sometimes have different requirements for data reporting. For example, some accreditors require data calculated for a calendar year; others require it calculated on an academic calendar; some calculate graduation rates on 100% of expected completion time; others use a 150%-time frame. Data presented on the USAHS website includes information on the calculation of data points to contextualize the information to be transparent. Please direct any questions to the University’s Office of Assessment and Institutional Research at [email protected].