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
San Marcos, California—June 4, 2015—The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences announced that Dr. Ellen Lowe has been named chair of its Institute of Physical Therapy, effective May 1. In this role, she coordinates all physical therapy programs with a focus on curricula, outcomes assessment, and accreditation.
Dr. Lowe brings more than 40 years of clinical experience and 18 years of instructional experience to the position, having practiced in a variety of treatment settings including acute care, outpatient orthopedics, skilled nursing facilities, hand therapy, and pediatrics. Prior to joining the university in 2007, Dr. Lowe served as an assistant professor at A.T. Still University in Missouri and as an instructor for the Apollo Education Group in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Lowe received her PhD in Health Sciences with an emphasis on health research from Touro University International, her Master of Health Sciences from the University of Indianapolis, and her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Dr. Lowe is an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor and a graduate of APTA’s Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship. She is also a member of APTA’s Education sections.
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USA) is a graduate institution that emphasizes health science education through innovative quality classroom and distance education. Founded in 1979, USA has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; and Austin, Texas. USA offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, education and health science, as well as residency, fellowship and continuing education programs. For more information, visit www.usa.edu. USA is a member of Laureate International Universities, a network of more than 80 institutions in 29 countries and one of the most significant global higher education providers for health sciences. For more information, visit www.laureate.net.