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
Claire Uke is an occupational therapy graduate of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Masters of Occupational Therapy program in 2018, and has progressed from guest lecturer to full-time instructor. Professor Uke has been on the Assistive Technology teaching team on the San Marcos, California campus since 2017 and became core faculty in 2022.
Professor Uke attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, receiving a Bachelor of Science. She has a certification in Assistive Technology through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certified Aging in Place professional (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders.