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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant? What is the difference?

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Basing on my research you need to have a masters degree to be a Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant. In general, nurse practitioners and physician's assistant are paid pretty much the same. Some will say physician assistant are paid more, in general. I think it really depends on the state and which hospital you work. If you would like to be a nurse practitioner or a physician's assistant, I suggest you look around and decide what you want to be. Both have pros and cons. The scope of practice if you are planning on being a physician's assistant or PA is determined by the supervising physician. For nurse practitioner or NP on the other hand, the scope of practice is determined by their certification, training and state BON.

Another difference is that most nurse practioner's programs will allow you to work while you are in school while most physician assistant programs will not. Thats because the schooling for physician assistant is more intense.

I read in one article that PAs can move from field to field and they do not have to "start all over again" per se. I'm not so sure what that means. 

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