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. Jackson earned a B.S. in Physical Education and Athletic Training in 1980, from Lock Haven State University. She completed a M.Ed. in Sport Medicine from the University of Virginia in 1981. She completed her Ph.D., in 1992, in Exercise Physiology/Physiology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Jackson received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University in 1993. She has been in clinical practice since 1993 with a clinical focus in out-patient orthopedics. As a private practice owner, her specialty sub groups have been sports medicine and geriatrics. She is an associate professor and has been teaching in PT curriculums since 1994.