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. Andrew Concors is a physical therapist, certified industrial ergonomist and educator focused on preventing, treating and rehabilitating musculoskeletal injuries. He is also devoted to providing healthcare to medically underserved populations nationally and internationally.
Dr. Concors began his physical therapy career after graduating from the University of Michigan in 1983. He has since worked in a variety of clinical settings, including acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, community health centers, home health, medical tents at athletic events and rehabilitation centers. Most recently, Dr. Concors ran an ergonomic consulting firm since 2005, providing services to companies and organizations throughout Southern California.
He began his teaching career in the physical therapist assistant program at San Diego Mesa College in 2008 and was a contributing faculty member at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) from 2018 to 2021. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Montana in 2017, during which his doctoral project was published. He became a full-time Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor at USAHS in 2021.