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. St. Germain received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Biology from Concordia College in Minnesota. From 1999 to 2005, he worked in an inpatient pediatric psychiatric mental health facility. Dr. St. Germain attained his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in 2005. He has clinical experience working in multiple settings, including mental healthcare, physical dysfunction, skilled nursing care and outpatient care. He later earned his Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Chatham University in 2017. For his thesis, he developed an on-grounds preparatory course to improve certification exam pass rates for graduates of an Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
Dr. St. Germain has been teaching full-time in higher education since 2014, facilitating several courses including kinesiology, physical dysfunction, neurology and mental health. He joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in May 2020 on the Miami, FL campus.