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
Vivian A. Sanchez brings extensive higher education and business experience to her role as Chancellor. Having worked in public research universities in the United States and private institutions in nine countries, Ms. Sanchez brings comprehensive global insights to higher education for both campus-based and digital learning.
Dr. Goldstein is an accomplished teacher, scholar and academic leader with more than 25 years of experience in higher education at public and private universities with multiple locations.
Dr. Maria Puzziferro’s experience as a transformational academic leader, researcher, and teacher spans more than 25 years at public and private institutions in roles related to the advancement of innovative teaching and learning approaches. She has served as a President, Provost, and Dean with extensive experience developing, launching, and operating online and blended programs.
Dr. Tia Hughes joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in June 2020 as Associate Dean of the College of Rehabilitative Sciences for Occupational Therapy.
Dr. Elaine Lonnemann is the Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Interim Associate Dean, Physical Therapy Programs and Program Director of the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She has served as a contributing faculty member in online courses for the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program since 2002.
Kathy Wood, PhD, FHFMA is the Program Director for the Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Master of Health Science (MHS) programs and was named Interim Assistant Dean, College of Health Sciences in August 2022.
Dr. Sunddip Aguilar is the Program Director for the Doctorate of Education program in the College of Health Sciences.
Dr. Helen Carey is the Program Director of the Occupational Therapy programs on the St. Augustine, FL campus. She joined the University in March 2020 from the United Kingdom.
Dr. Manuel (Tony) A. Domenech is the Program Director of and an Associate Professor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program on the Austin, TX campus.
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Ennis is the Senior Academic Program Director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs on both Florida campuses.
Julie Gonick, Vice President of Enrollment Management, joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2016 with more than 15 years of experience in admissions and higher education.
Dr. Marcia Hamilton is the Program Director of the Occupational Therapy programs on the Miami campus, where she also serves as an assistant professor.
Lori Hankins brings more than 20 years of operational experience to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as the Director of Continuing Professional Education and St. Augustine, FL Campus Director.
Dr. Keith McWilliams is the Program Director for the entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate program on the Dallas campus, where he also serves as an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Ashley Bourque Meaux, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program on the Dallas, TX campus.
Karen Menard, PhD, OTR/L is the Program Director for the Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.
Dr. Peters-Brinkerhoff is the Program Director for the DPT program at the San Marcos, CA campus.
Dr. Kathleen Polley-Payne has been an early adopter of the online and blended teaching modalities. Her clinical experience lies with the pediatric population. Dr. Polley-Payne joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2020.
Michael Roscoe, PhD, PA-C is an experienced physician assistant (PA) educator and clinician. He has been a PA for more than 20 years, with a primary specialty in emergency medicine. He joined the University of St. Augustine in March 2021 and is based at the University’s Austin, TX campus.
Meghan Savage, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Program Director and an Associate Professor in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program.
Dr. Erin Schwier is the Program Director and an Associate Professor for the Occupational Therapy programs on the San Marcos, CA campus. She brings more than 15 years of experience working with children with disabilities and their families to her position.
Dr. Thom Werner is an Associate Professor in and the Program Director for the DPT program at the Dallas, TX campus.
Dr. Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L, is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the entry-level Occupational Therapy programs on the Austin, TX campus.
Damien Cooper serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and provides leadership and direction for University-wide IT strategies and initiatives to meet the complex needs of the University.
Stephanie Furlough-Morris, PhD is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Campus Operations for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.
Terry Rakosky, Chief Experience Officer, joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) with more than 30 years of experience in consumer products and higher education.
Deborah Zimic, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Compliance, provides cross-divisional legal and compliance support to the University.
Dr. Melanie Davis joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in March 2021. Dr. Davis worked in K–12 education for 13 years, first in the classroom and then as a curriculum and assessment administrator.
Susan Waugh serves as Vice President of Human Resources for University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She has more than 20 years of professional experience as a leader in human resources, with strong functional expertise in talent acquisition, operational efficiency, organizational design, training and development.
With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Dawn Werling has served in numerous operational leadership positions, during which she oversaw all student and administrative functions, developed and launched new programs, and planned and opened numerous new campuses. Prior to her career in higher education, she served as an Ordnance Officer in the U.S. Army, where she worked in operations, training, and logistics before retiring.
Frank Ravja serves as the Executive Director of Student Financial Services and Compliance. His experiences span a decade in student financial services, financial aid, student accounts, enrollment management and compliance.
Based at our St. Augustine, FL campus, Heidi Terry joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in September 2021. She has served in enrollment and admission leadership roles at multiple institutions ranging in size from 1,000 to 29,000 students throughout her 30+-year career.
Dr. Mariesol Wallace joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in December 2017 as an academic coordinator of clinical education and is now Executive Director of Clinical Services.