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. Leona Hidalgo joined USAHS in 2018 and is a practicing physical therapist licensed since 2005. She has been a physical therapy educator since 2008, holding various positions such as academic coordinator of clinical education, full-time faculty member and program director. Dr. Hidalgo holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida Atlantic University, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Florida International University and doctoral degrees in Education and Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University and the University of South Florida, respectively.
Dr. Hidalgo’s expertise includes clinical experience in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation, and her scholarship includes publications and presentations nationally and internationally. She has also served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Assistant Practice Analysis Task Force, National Physical Therapy Examination Item Writing Workshop, American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Education–Physical Therapy Assistant Summit and Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education’s Assessment Task Force.