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. Ashley Hall is an instructor at University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ Austin, TX campus Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas Lutheran University and her DPT from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.
Dr. Hall recently earned her board-certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy. Her clinical experience has focused on the neurorehabilitation of adult clients with Parkinson’s disease, stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and vestibular dysfunction as well as balance and fall prevention in the aging adult population. Additionally, she has advanced training in the treatment of adult clients’ post-hospitalization from COVID-19.
In late 2021, Dr. Hall made the transition to full time academics, where she is excited to pursue research in areas of clinical interest, including the assessment and treatment of falls in patients with various neurologic diagnoses.