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
Based at our Austin, TX campus, Dr. Kunal Singhal joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021. Dr. Singhal is a licensed physical therapist, active researcher and passionate educator who has been teaching in DPT curricula for almost seven years. He completed his physical therapy education in India, followed by PhD in Kinesiology (Biomechanics) from Texas Woman’s University and post-doctoral fellowship from Osteopathic and Manipulative Medicine Human Performance lab at University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Dr. Singhal is a trained biomechanist, with experience analyzing human gait, and a licensed PT with experience treating adults with problems of falls and balance control. He specializes in applying principles of physics, mathematics and neurophysiology to understand complex human motion, analyzes their mechanics and motor control and subsequently translates those results to a clinical environment by designing innovative and pragmatic clinical interventions.
His research experience includes two separate Department of Defense-funded projects assessing functional outcomes, quality of life and gait. This research evaluates application of novel devices to persons with amputations (grant complete) and patients with foot drop (grant ongoing) due to non-progressive neural disease or trauma, respectively.