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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Physical Therapy Programs
Nationally recognized for our leadership in physical therapy education, USAHS has the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program to fit your career goals and working life-whether you are new to the rehabilitation science field or a longtime practitioner. Each of our PT programs includes three trimesters of supervised clinical experience.
ResidentialIf you want a weekday class schedule and an on-campus student experience, choose the Residential option. Didactic courses are blended, while lab sessions occur face-to-face during the week.
Blended didactic courses plus face-to-face lab sessions on campus. The Residential DPT requires a full-time commitment over eight trimesters.
Lives near campus and attends school during the week
FlexIf you are working, have other obligations, or live a distance from campus, the Flex option was designed with you in mind. With Flex, students meet on campus for clinical labs over select weekends each month.
Our online coursework plus on-campus clinical labs are held on select weekends. The Flex DPT requires a full-time commitment over 12 trimesters.
Lives near campus or travels to campus on weekends
Leader in health sciences education
USAHS has been dedicated solely to graduate education in health sciences for more than 40 years. You will join a community of like-minded faculty and students focused on delivering excellent patient care and taking on advanced roles within their professions.Learn More
Our faculty is composed of educators and clinicians who are experts in their fields. Faculty members currently treat patients, publish research, or serve on the boards of professional organizations. They draw from their diverse expertise to develop our curricula.Learn More
Leader in innovation
USAHS is at the forefront of innovative teaching and learning models. Our blended learning model offers students the best of interactive, media-rich online learning combined with immersive, hands-on experiences in our labs and simulation centers. Our rehab-focused, state-of-the art simulation centers provide a safe learning environment where students practice treating mock patients using real medical equipment and cutting-edge EdTech tools.Learn More
Five destination campuses
We have campuses in five exciting and beautiful cities: San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Miami, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Dallas, Texas. Each of our campuses is its own tight-knit community of engaged faculty and students sharing ideas and knowledge.Learn More
Good patient care depends on harmonious teamwork among healthcare practitioners. That’s why, from your very first trimester, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your peers in other rehabilitative science disciplines, learning each other’s roles and responsibilities.Learn More
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 rehabilitative sciences through student and faculty advocacy.Learn More
At USAHS, we’re proud of our national network of more than 10,000 USAHS data as of Nov. 2020. accomplished alumni, including thousands of licensed rehabilitation practitioners. Your collaborative relationships with faculty and your peers—and the connections you make during your clinical experiences—can help you launch your career.Learn More
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