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
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Graduate Nursing Degree Programs
Our CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, as well as our Post-Graduate Nursing Certificates Of our Post-Graduate Nursing Certificates, only the Family Nurse Practitioner certificate is CCNE-accredited., will help you accelerate your career and influence healthcare outcomes, whether you work in a clinical, academic, or organizational leadership role. Designed for working nurses, our programs are delivered online with content developed by our faculty practitioners.
Leader in health sciences education
USAHS has been dedicated solely to graduate education in health sciences for more than 40 years. As a student in one of our graduate nursing programs, you will join a community of like-minded faculty and nursing students focused on delivering excellent patient care and taking on advanced roles within their professions.Learn More
Our nursing graduate programs’ core courses and optional virtual immersions emphasize interprofessional education, enabling students from different healthcare professions to learn together and practice working in a team. You will contribute your nursing perspective to solving patient problems in collaborative scenarios.
Our nursing faculty is composed of expert clinicians and educators, all of whom have doctoral degrees. Faculty members of our nursing graduate programs currently treat patients, publish research, or serve on the boards of professional organizations. They draw from their diverse expertise in the nursing field to develop our curricula. Our small class sizes allow for a personal approach by faculty mentors.
Innovative learning model
We’ve long been at the forefront of innovative and applied learning methods, such as case-based teaching and realistic, immersive virtual simulations. Our graduate nursing programs are taught primarily online, with one required on-campus intensive for some role specialties.Learn More
Career advancement opportunities
An advanced nursing degree from USAHS will boost your credentials, potentially opening new career doors. You will expand your professional network through collaborative relationships with faculty and your peers.
USAHS is a Certified B Corp™ institution, with a focus on community service, social and environmental responsibility, accountability, and transparency. We offer service-learning opportunities that enhance your clinical experiences, and we work to advance the nursing profession through student and faculty advocacy.Learn More
The USAHS School of Nursing is proud to host Alpha Alpha Alpha—our very own chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma).Read More
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