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. Leiselle Pilgrim is an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Science’s Miami, FL campus in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She also serves as the University’s Director of Academic Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access.
Dr. Pilgrim received her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2013 from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey- School of Health Related Professions and Rutgers Camden after receiving her Master of Public Health from St. George’s University. She completed her Doctor of Education from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2022.
Her research is focused on education and incorporating affective skills into curricula as well as academic intersectionality with diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Pilgrim’s practice was primarily in outpatient orthopedics, and she is also a certified lymphedema therapist.
Dr. Pilgrim currently serves as the Florida Physical Therapy Association Vice President and on the American Physical Therapy Association’s Nominating Committee. She is also the Academic Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access.