Nurse Practitioner Versus Physician Assistant: Scope Of Practice, Role, Training, And Salary

By Tim Fish, DNP, MBA – September 5, 2016

Non-physician, advanced healthcare practitioners are popular career choices and there is a demand for their clinical skills. Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Physician Assistants (PA) represent two professions that provide advanced care to patients without the medical doctor credential. From the consumer perspective, it may be difficult to tell the difference between a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant. Both professionals provide quality care, can prescribe medications, and interpret labs.  A more detailed review will explain some of the important differences.




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