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. Rachel Keith graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training in 2005. She went on to complete her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2009.
Prior to joining the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and Instructor in April 2022, Dr. Keith worked outside the University in a variety of clinical and administrative roles. She has worked closely with C-suite executives and department directors while developing and executing operations of internal programs, such as community and athletic partnerships, sports medicine specialty practice and corporate compliance.
Dr. Keith’s research interests include international clinical education, pain management strategies, post-concussion treatment and executive leadership. She has a passion for mentorship, community outreach and continuous learning. She brings her experience and knowledge from the field, clinic and boardroom in effort to promote curiosity and encourage collaborative problem solving.