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. Neeraj Kumar is an Associate Professor in the College of Rehabilitative Sciences at the University of St. Augustine, Dallas Campus. He has a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy (1996) from Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India, a master’s degree in sports physiotherapy (1998) from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India, a PhD in rehabilitation science (2009) from State University of New York, University at Buffalo and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (transitional) (2016) from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Kumar is a licensed physical therapist in India and in the states of New York and Texas. He is a board-certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy and a certified vestibular rehabilitation specialist. Dr. Kumar has over 23 years of experience as a physical therapist and over 16 years of experience as an educator and administrator. Previously, he served as the Regional Dean and Assistant Program Director of the DPT program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Odessa; Principal and Chief Physiotherapist at Vel R.S. Medical College and Assistant Professor of Physiotherapy at Saveetha College of Physiotherapy. His teaching interests include Neuromuscular Physical Therapy Practice, Geriatric Physical Therapy Practice and Evidence-Based Practice. Dr. Kumar’s research interests include understanding the mechanism of postural control in older adults and in adults with neuropathology. His research has been published in peer reviewed journals and he has several peer-reviewed presentations. Dr. Kumar has been a part of four funded grant projects. He serves as a reviewer for peer-reviewed textbook and journal publications and as a member on various university committees. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, having served as the President of the TPTA Permian Basin district.