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
Dr. Jasper graduated from Universidad de Sta. Isabel, Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy from AT Still University (ATSU). She received her PhD in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Her doctoral work was focused on the impact of a prescribed walking in older adults with dizziness.
Dr. Jasper has over 12 years of clinical experience. Seven years of those had been dedicated to neurologic physical therapy. Prior to her appointment at University of St. Augustine, she was a Senior Clinician for Advent Health Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is a Geriatric Certified Specialist, Neurologic Certified Specialist, Certified Competent in Vestibular Rehabilitation, APTA Advanced Clinical Instructor, Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA), Certified LSVT Big for Parkinson, Certified clinician for Balance Based Torso Weighting (BBTW) for ataxia, ImPACT Trained Physical Therapist and Certified in Evidence-Based Concussion.
Dr. Jasper served as the Academic Education Committee chair for the APTA Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Florida Physical Therapy Association Neurologic SIG (FPTA NeuroSIG) secretary, and FPTA NeuroSIG Evidence-based Document committee chair. She is currently a member of the APTA Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT) CSM Programming committee and the Guide to Physical Therapy Revision work group.