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. David Liguori joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021 as a full-time Assistant Professor. His previous higher education experience includes core graduate faculty at Ramapo College of New Jersey in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, as well as adjunct faculty at Berkeley College, NJ. Dr. Liguori has also worked as a nurse practitioner in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. His clinical areas of interest include palliative and end-of-life care, diabetes, anxiety and depression.
Dr. Liguori is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and holds certification through the AANP as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. He also holds certification as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC). Dr. Liguori maintains a clinical practice as a primary care nurse practitioner in New Jersey.