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
Lindsay Kozicz, MHS, PA-C is an early clinical trials/phase 1 advanced practice provider at the Livestrong Cancer Institutes. She is a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in oncology. Since graduating with a Master of Health Sciences from Quinnipiac University in 2008, she has found a deep passion for both clinical medicine and teaching.
Kozicz worked as the associate director and assistant professor at a master’s physician assistant program in Los Angeles from 2016 to 2019. During her tenure, she co-developed a longitudinal social justice curriculum for PA students and served as the community outreach and project development liaison. She has great interest in learning how to better serve her community and address issues of health inequity.
In the classroom, she is committed to using innovative teaching styles and finding ways to engage students with all learning styles to make learning fun. She joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on the Austin, TX campus in 2022 as an Assistant Professor.
Kozicz’s clinical experience includes phase 1 clinical trial oncology research with the Livestrong Cancer Institutes at UT Health Austin and Chan Soon Shiong Institute of Medicine in El Segundo, CA;
hematology/oncology and blood and marrow transplant at University of California, San Diego, Medical Center; and hospitalist medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.
Throughout her career, Kozicz has developed a deep interest in integrative medicine and the use of adjunctive therapies to support patients and their families and students. She has been a certified yoga instructor since 2014 and enjoys sharing the healing benefits of meditation and movement with her community.