Hi, I am new to allnurses, but I have a few questions regarding nurse practitioner school.
When I compared PA and NP curriculum I noticed that many NP schools
do not teach gross anatomy, graduate level physiology (they just have pathophysiology), microbiology, or have a course dedicated to EKGs. How is gross anatomy, graduate microbiology and physiology, and in depth EKG training introduced into NP training? Or do they not go over these and just focus on pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment?
Another question, how in depth do NP programs go into? Do they cover biochemical pathways and molecular mechanisms in relation to pathology and normal physiology? Histology? Cell biology?
And the last, how do NP specifically approach patients differently than the medical model? For example, if you have a patient with heart disease how would you go about treating them?
Dec 13, '17
I'll bite. RN here. Cannot speak for NP education, but... I have taken cellular bio, microbiology, biochemistry, undergrad A&P (those being part of nursing education), as well as general and organic chem, histology, & endocrine/repro physiology as part of my other undergrad major. I am also taking a full EKG course through my employer in a few weeks, as many RNs do. This considerable amount of experience as well as coursework is why you can't compare NP to PA like apples to apples. If you want more info on the direct entry (vanderbilt) please use the search tool.
Neither route will give you everything...if you want all the basic science, all the pathways, etc, go to med school. PA follows the medical model but they still have to skim over the basics to concentrate on turning any random person into a provider in 2-3 years.
To answer your question about "how we(nursing) treats patients"... we follow the same evidence based practice that PA's do when caring for a patient. People have a black and white way of viewing professions before they are actually working in healthcare. Once you start working as a part of a team with RNs PAs NPs MDs DOs etc you will find we all work together using the same clinical recommendations to care for patients.
Last edit by zoidberg on Dec 13, '17
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