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. Studley graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2017. She currently works in in-home physical therapy and has clinical experience in the outpatient setting with both neurological and orthopedic diagnoses. Her clinical emphasis is to work with patients affected by neurological and balance disorders, with a special interest in individuals with Parkinson Disease.
Dr. Studley has been teaching at USAHS in the Residential and Flex DPT programs since 2017, when she joined the University.