Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceCareers & EmploymentHealth Care · 1 month ago

What’s the difference between a nurse practitioner and a physician’s assistant?

6 Answers

  • edward
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The ability to prescribe triplicates and control substances

  • 1 month ago

    One clear difference: Nurse practitioners are more patient-centered and Physician assistants are more disease-centered.

  • 1 month ago

    there are some good articles on this-if you are trying to decide a career-read them. Their training is quite different and while they may overlap in some places, in others like specialties, there may be more NPs or more PAs.  Most PAs have some form of prior medical experience (required), and the PA programs are usually hard on procedures, more so than many NP programs. PAs can also change specialties at will, which NPs can not as their licenses and training is in something like womens health, Peds, family practice etc. There are PA residencies after a generalist program, but there is also on the job training in specialties. State law determines what they can actually do and where. And  it is physician assistant, not possessive.

    Source(s): ER PA
  • :)
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    The scope of practice is VERY similar. One just follows the nursing model and the other follows the medical model. Similar years of schooling, but an NP usually has At least a year of prior experience as a staff nurse. 

    NPs are more likely to have independent practices than PAs.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Go Google that and come back if you have a question that nine million websites could answer in about sixty seconds.

    By the way, it's Physician Assistant, not Physician's Assistant.   The PA is assisting the patient, not a physician.    English.   It's a thing.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    We don't have PAs in the us.

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