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. Caprice Quinones has taught at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences since 2020 as a contributing faculty member and transitioned to core faculty at the Miami, FL campus in 2022. She began her career in 2018 as a physical therapist specializing in stroke and spinal cord rehabilitation at West Gables Rehabilitation Hospital in Miami. Since entering the profession, Dr. Quinones has primarily worked with patients who have neurological disease in the inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab and home health settings.
Currently, Dr. Quinones has various certifications including Neuro-IFRAH certification, Certified Stroke Rehab Specialist, EKSO Bionics Robotic Exoskeleton, Crisis Prevention Instructor, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment BIG, Rock Steady Boxing Coach, and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor Level 1 and 2. She subsequently became an APTA Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2021. Dr. Quinones’ clinical and research interests center on interventions to improve the function in individuals with neurological conditions.
She currently continues to treat individuals with neurologic disorders in the private and home health setting. She served as the Physical Therapist Clinical Manager at West Gables Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Quinones is currently working on a Doctorate of Education at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Beyond her work for the University and the rehabilitation hospital, she dedicates her free time to helping underprivileged children via multiple nonprofit organizations.