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. Christienne Parten has been a clinical instructor in the Occupational Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on the Austin campus since August 2018.
Prior to joining the university, she worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of adult settings including inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA). Professor Parten is originally from New Iberia, Louisiana. She is married and has two children. She has practiced as an occupational therapist for 20 years. Her clinical experience has been in Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) and inpatient rehabilitation. Dr. Parten has extensive experience in neurological rehab working with clients with brain injury and stroke. She is Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) trained and LSVT certified. She loves working in rehabilitation and helping clients return to independence.