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
Kristen Barta has been a practicing physical therapist since 2002. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Master’s in Physical Therapy degree, completed her transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University, and PhD in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. During her career she has worked in a variety of clinical settings gaining experience in the areas of acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapy. She is board certified in Neurology and has devoted most of her career to the treatment of patients with neurological disorders and vestibular dysfunction. At the beginning of 2013 she made the exciting transition into full time academics which was a long-term career goal. Kristen is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, TX.
Through her career she has focused on locomotor training and the treatment of individuals with balance dysfunction. In collaboration with a music therapist, her area of research involves studying how the use of more specialized delivery of auditory cues impacts gait in people with Parkinson’s disease.