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
Susan DiDino acquired her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Occupational at Cleveland State University. She was also an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University for two years. Having moved from Ohio to the St. Petersburg, FL area, she continues her career in academia at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, which she joined in 2021. She is a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual and/or Ally (LGBTQIA+) community and holds high the importance of advocacy and leadership within the scope of occupational therapy.