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
Stephanie Furlough-Morris, PhD is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Campus Operations for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Dr. Furlough-Morris brings vast experience in higher education, having served for more than a decade in senior level finance and operating roles. Throughout these assignments in the United States and abroad, she has consistently embraced a commitment to excellence and created an environment that delivered high quality graduate education.
Dr. Furlough-Morris guides the financial planning, accounting, bursar, treasury, tax, purchasing, real estate and facilities teams. Prior to joining USAHS in 2022, she held various financial positions of increasing responsibility in large university networks and mid-sized private institutions.
As a highly experienced executive, Dr. Furlough-Morris is accomplished in orchestrating financial strategy, capital planning and operational processes, with specialized expertise in higher education. With a keen understanding of regulatory compliance and accreditation requirements at an institutional level, she aligns resources to fulfill the academic mission and deliver innovative student services that are built upon a fiscally solid foundation.
Her highly collaborative demeanor has fostered strong relationships with industry stakeholders including auditors, vendors, developers and bankers.
Dr. Furlough-Morris earned her doctorate degree in Management with a concentration in Finance from Walden University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fisk University.