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
Kristina Paula has been practicing occupational therapy for over four years. She graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then completed her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2015. She has continued her education and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Her clinical practice and interests are focused on pediatrics, early intervention, autism and early identification of autism.