Physician's Assistant

  1. Can someone please explain to me what is the difference between what a Physician's Assistant does and what Nurse Practioners do (if there is a difference)?

    Thank you
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  3. by   EmeraldNYL
    This has been debated several times.... you might want to check out the thread, "For those students undecided between RN/PA". NP's and PA's both usually have master's degrees, but PA's are trained in the medical model while NP's have previous experience working as RN's and are trained in the nursing model. NP's are licensed, while PA's work under a Dr's license. Individual state laws vary regarding scope of practice/prescription prividledges. In some states NP's can function independently, some states require collaboration/supervision. PA's must collaborate with a Dr. Some places of employment prefer NP's, some prefer PA's, and some will hire either. Check out the other threads and your state's board of nursing regarding scope of practice.

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