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. Brad Beauvais is an educator and consultant in the field of health care management with a primary focus on quality improvement via innovative financing strategies and executive leadership development. He holds degrees from Colorado State (BS, MBA), the University of Oklahoma (MA in Economics) and Penn State University (PhD in Health Policy and Administration). He has also served as a Fellow for the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), was awarded a Joseph M. Juran Fellowship in Quality Leadership and earned his Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dr. Beauvais retired from the United States Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2015, culminating a 20-year military career as the Associate Dean at the Army Medical Department Center & School Graduate School with a concurrent appointment as an Associate Professor with the Army Baylor Master of Healthcare and Business Administration Program. He joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in January 2019.