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
Nicole Booher joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021. Nicole Booher earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of New Mexico. While in school she worked with the adults with disabilities population as a residential instructor and became passionate about occupational therapy. She completed her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2010 from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX.
Upon graduating she settled in Austin and started working at Downtown St. David’s acute and rehab with a focus in neuro populations. She has also worked in pediatrics, geriatric home health and outpatient settings. She has LSVT BIG certification for Parkinson’s Disease and extensive knowledge in wheelchair evaluations and modifications for both pediatrics and geriatrics.