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. Bobbio has practiced as a PT for almost 20 years. Her clinical experience is in diverse practice settings, including early intervention (EI), pediatric inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and neonatal intensive care unit. She has 13 years of experience teaching with focus in pediatric, neuro adult, woman health, research methods and evidence informed practice. Dr. Bobbio has extensive experience in peer review. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, from Pontifical University of Campinas, Brazil in 1999. Bobbio earned a Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Health from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil in 2007. She earned her PhD in Child and Adolescent Health at the Department of Pediatric from State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil in 2010. She completed her Postdoctoral in Motor Neuroscience at Texas A&M University in 2011. She joined the faculty of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2019.