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
Damien Cooper serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and provides leadership and direction for University-wide IT strategies and initiatives to meet the complex needs of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.
He is a hands-on IT executive with a successful record of leading the design and development of emerging technology products, improving processes and procedures to drive efficiency, and scaling IT infrastructure in higher education. His diverse background includes experience in software engineering, user experience, innovation, network operations, quality assurance and leadership in all aspects of IT operations. Cooper previously served as the Chief Technical Officer at Western Governors University (WGU), where he managed the transformation and performance of IT systems to support student enrollment growth of more than 400% in four years. Prior to WGU, he held vice president roles at Kaplan, Inc. and served as the Director of Development at Career Education Corp.