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A 35-year-old member asked:

How do a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant differ?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
Urology 10 years experience
PA vs NP: Training and education>pa has less training and education than np who must be a registered nurse before going for the np degree.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is physician assistant vs nurse clinician?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
NP vs PA: Nps and pas may overlap in many aspects of being physician extenders. Nurse practicianers obtain a bachelors degree in nursing and then additional training to be a np. Physician assistance usually obtain a masters degree.
A 20-year-old male asked:

Should I become a nurse practitioner or physician assistant?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Whichever you want: You can do either one. The training is different though and hospital regulations on independence and prescribing for each may be different. The state laws may be different as well, especially with regard to prescribing.
A 20-year-old male asked:

If you, as a physician, had to see either a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner which would you choose?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
Either: Both are well trained.
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