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. Fernando Castillo earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy with an emphasis on neurological rehabilitation from the University of Central Arkansas. As a licensed practitioner, Dr. Castillo has fulfilled roles in varied settings including outpatient orthopedic, acute care and inpatient rehabilitation environments.
Most recently, Dr. Castillo functioned as the lead outpatient therapist, overseeing the patient caseload for physical, occupational and speech-language pathology needs in a rehabilitation hospital. He joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor on the Dallas, TX campus in April 2022.