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. Jacqueline L. Moore is an orthopedic board-certified physical therapist with 22 years of clinical experience. Dr. Moore received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from the US Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and served 12 years as an active duty Army Physical Therapist. Her last assignment brought her from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the Naval Medical Center San Diego to assist in the development of the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5) Program, which provides multidisciplinary medical services to wounded, ill, and injured service members, Veterans, and other beneficiaries with amputations, traumatic orthopedic injuries, neurological disorders and other chronic conditions.
Dr. Moore received her Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Medicine. She is a certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and certified ASTYM provider. She is also a certified peer visitor and trainer for the Amputee Coalition’s Peer Visitor Certification program.