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
Dr. Kathy Wood’s experience in higher education spans more than 20 years, during which she served as Program Chair for the MA Health Care Administration program at Ashford University and University Dean, Health at Colorado Technical University. In addition, Dr. Wood has taught extensively in the fields of health care administration, business and health care finance.
Dr. Wood’s introduction to higher education came through a project she led with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), where she is a Fellow. She also serves as a Fellow for the Council on Accreditation for Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Her industry experience includes positions in IT health care organizations, hospitals, physician practices and long-term care facilities, where she held many leadership roles in business services and health care administration.
Dr. Wood is the recipient of many industry certifications and awards, including the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award of Excellence for certification from the HFMA. In addition to HFMA, she is affiliated with the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Healthcare Information Management System Society (HIMSS) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). She believes strongly in the importance of volunteerism, where she serves as a long-term care advocate and in other areas for marginalized populations.