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. Teka Clark is an experienced occupational therapist from Jacksonville, FL. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, continued to pursue her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Florida A&M University and completed her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS).
Throughout Dr. Clark’s clinical career, she developed an interest in non-pharmacological interventions for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, pressure injury reduction in the elderly and adult rehabilitation. Dr. Clark joined USAHS in 2019.