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. Matt Morretta received both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Temple University. He is residency trained in orthopedic physical therapy and became an orthopedic clinical specialist in 2011. Dr. Morretta continued his clinical education by completing an orthopedic manual physical therapy fellowship through Evidence in Motion and becoming a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2016. Over eight years of clinical and four years of teaching experience has allowed Dr. Morretta to find his true professional passions, the therapeutic alliance and clinical reasoning.