Physician Assistant vs. Nurse Practitioner – Do You Know How They Differ?

Do you have the right mix of clinical talent for your facility? When recruiting temporary or permanent medical providers, do you know exactly what you need?

TinkBird sources and places a variety of physician, mid-level and nurse specialty positions for primary care facilities. In doing so, we find there are many nuances in the coursework and licenses of these clinical professionals.

For example, a nurse practitioner (NP) attends a nursing school while a physician assistant (PA) attends a medical school or center of medicine. The NP is an advanced practice registered nurse who has completed advanced coursework and clinical education above and beyond what is required for a registered nurse (RN). A PA is a nationally certified and state licensed medical professional that works alongside physicians as part of a medical team. PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medications and recommend courses of treatment and preventative health measures.

The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants recently published this article on the differences between physician assistants and nurse practitioners. While there is overlap in their roles, indeed these clinicians are not one and the same.

To learn more about these and other clinical roles or to talk about medical job placement needs, contact one of TinkBird’s locations.

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