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
Amy Walters graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Psychology in 1996. She then went on to physical therapy school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She moved to Seattle after graduation and worked in sports medicine with a focus on treating adolescent athletes. She received her sports specialty certification in 2011.
After leaving Seattle, Amy spent a month in Costa Rica getting her yoga certification. Upon moving to Austin, she worked in outpatient orthopedics incorporating her yoga training into her practice. In addition to full time outpatient orthopedics she taught continuing education classes across the United States on integrating yoga and Pilates into rehabilitation.
Around 2008, Amy transitioned into working in home health and geriatrics receiving her geriatric specialty certification in 2017 and her Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) in 2019. She also received her transitional DPT from the College of St. Scholastica in 2016. She currently teaches pharmacology and geriatric physical therapy at the University of St. Augustine in Austin, Texas.