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. Keisa Boykin joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Occupational Therapy department in August 2017. Prior to joining the university, she worked as an occupational therapist in the home health setting. She has also worked in academia as a program director and instructor. She has worked clinically as a rehab director in skilled nursing and home health settings. She is a member of the Florida Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association. She formally served as a regional representative for the Florida OT Association.
Dr. Boykin volunteers regularly for Jack and Jill of America, Orlando Chapter Executive Board. She is a member of the National Association for Mental Illness, Orlando chapter. She is engaged in her community as a member and mentor. Dr. Boykin is engaged in research with an emphasis on the benefit of occupational therapy intervention with the mental health population.