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A 20-year-old male asked:

should i become a physician assistant or family nurse practitioner (emergency focus) to work in the er?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Doesn't matter: Either one is fine. It really depends on your state's laws and local hospitals' regulations on how independent each can be and the prescribing rules for each. The training is different. An np needs to be an rn (with experience) first. A pa goes to school straight from college. There is a training period after each but that varies based on your specialization (e.g. Emergency).

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Last updated Oct 27, 2012

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