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. Ata is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences St. Augustine campus. Prior to joining the university, he worked as an adjunct Associate Professor at City University of New York. Dr. Ata earned his bachelor, master and PhD degrees in Physical Therapy from Cairo University and his DPT
from Dominican College of Blauvelt, New York. His PhD studies have special emphasis on virtual reality applications on balance evaluations and treatment in CNS disorders.
Dr. Ata has been practicing as a physical therapist since 2002 with dedication to pediatric and adult neurologic physical therapy. His clinical and research passion is the brain rehabilitation. Dr. Ata is a Certified Therapist in Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) for pediatric and adults, Advanced PNF Trained Therapist and APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.