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. Elbaum is a faculty member for the residential DPT program in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, a master’s degree in Music Therapy, and a Doctoral degree in Exceptional Education. He has served as both a Research Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the Newman Laboratory for Human Biomechanics at MIT and is the author or co-author of over 150 research papers and presentations. He has a clinical practice serving people with paralysis due to trauma or developmental disability and is active as a consultant to health care providers, third-party payers, manufacturers and regulatory agencies.