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. Jennie DiGrado is an Assistant Professor for the Master of Occupational Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine San Marcos Campus. She received her bachelors in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University and her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University. She has worked clinically in a variety of settings which include, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, outpatient, skilled nursing facilities and home health care. Most of her clinical practice has been focused on serving individuals throughout the lifespan with neurological impairments resulting in occupational performance concerns.