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. Catherine Andrea is a full time instructor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She teaches a variety of classes throughout the curriculum including Pediatric and Neuromuscular courses.
Dr. Andrea has worked as a clinician throughout the United States over the past 15 years. Although she has experience treating an array of clients, she specializes in pediatric and adult neurologic physical therapy. She is especially passionate about working with individuals after brain injury. She has worked in acute care, outpatient, skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation settings. In 2013, Dr. Andrea earned her Board Certification as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and in 2018, she earned her Board Certification as a Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Her research focuses include the use of simulation in healthcare education, the integration of interprofessional education and collaboration in Doctor of Physical Therapy curricula, and the study of adult and pediatric patients with neurologic and genetic disorders.