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. Petersen is an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy program on the San Marcos, CA campus. He brings more than 12 years of experience working in both clinical practice and in various academic roles. His clinical background has focused on working with children in clinics and schools. He has also worked with adult populations in hospitals and rehabilitation.
Dr. Petersen received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and both his Master of Arts and post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. He is completing his PhD in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, where his dissertation focus is transitioning to adulthood for individuals with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities and autism.