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What is the main difference in nurse practicioner and physician's assistant?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
See below: Nurse practitioners (nps) work in a variety of settings. So do physician assistants (pas). They can both be found in hospitals and clinics, from rural to urban practices. They both treat illnesses, provide patient teaching and prescribe medications, often acting as the primary care provider. Np's are nurses with advanced training. Pas follow a medical model of training.

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