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. Melanie Hill is a full-time instructor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She began as contributing faculty in 2016 and transitioned to full-time instructor in 2022.
Dr. Hill is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. She completed pediatric residency training with Brooks Rehabilitation in 2016, obtaining her Pediatric Clinical Specialist in 2017. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including outpatient, school based and acute care.
She specializes in outpatient pediatrics where she served as a clinic manager of a multidisciplinary pediatric clinic and pediatric outpatient coordinator for Brooks Rehabilitation. She currently serves as a pediatric residency mentor through the Institute of Higher Learning at Brooks Rehabilitation.