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
USA Offers Athletic Training Master’s Degree
USA is expanding its post-professional offerings with an online Master of Health Sciences in Athletic Training program. Students can specialize in Administration and Leadership in Athletic Training or in Psychosocial Patient Care. The program offers courses in hot topics, including Concussion in Sport, Sport and the Female Athlete, and Emergency Athletic Training.
Leading the program is Dr. Jordan Hamson-Utley, a well-published faculty member, administrator, and researcher who also maintains a clinical practice. Most recently, she served as assistant professor and director of teaching and learning at Weber State University, where she received awards for student mentoring and research collaboration.
Athletic trainers work in a variety of settings, including high schools, universities, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, professional sports, performing arts and the military. If you know an athletic trainer, let them know about USA’s new online program.
PT Instructor Presents at TEDx
In February, Dr. Lisa Riggioni, a clinical instructor based at one of USA’s international sites, presented at the TEDxPuraVida conference in San José, Costa Rica. Her presentation, “Reconectando Neuronas” or “Reconnecting Neurons,” was focused on the key principles that facilitate neuroplasticity for individuals who have neurological diagnoses. In the speech, she also shared details about her experiences working with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Dr. Riggioni is the director of the NeuroFT Clinic in San José.
$1 Million Donation Made to Support PT Research
USA founder and chancellor, Dr. Stanley Paris, and his wife, Dr. Catherine Patla, announced in June that they are donating $500,000 to the Foundation for Physical Therapy. In addition, Laureate Education, Inc., one of the most significant global higher education providers for health sciences and a new owner of USA, matched their donation to bring the total gift to $1 million. The donation will support research on long-term outcomes from physical therapy. The initial project will most likely be a study on the hip to determine if physical therapy is superior to no intervention or to surgery.
Three Graduates Recognized as AAOMPT Fellows
Three graduates of USA’s Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program, Dr. Christian Bourgeois, Dr. Gregory Jefferson, and Dr. William Taylor, were recognized in October as fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists at the academy’s annual conference in San Antonio.
During the conference, USA faculty members, mentors, and fellows in training presented on a range of topics from taping techniques for wrist laxity to yoga as a treatment for low back pain. Speakers included Fellows in Training Dr. Kelly Bernard, Dr. Robert Blake, Dr. Christopher Ingstad, and Dr. Maria Ijomanta; and Fellowship Mentors Dr. Libby Bergman, Dr. Catherine Patla, and Dr. Jeffrey Rot.
Second Building Opens on Austin Campus
USA celebrated the opening of a second building on its Austin campus in September. The two-story, 36,000-square-foot building is a substantial addition to USA’s existing facilities, housing classrooms, skills labs, an amphitheater with tiered seating, study areas, and a student lounge.