Nurse practitioner vs. Physician assistant

Nurse practitioner vs. Physician assistant

Both nurse practitioner (NP) and physician assistant (PA) are health care professionals who can carry out some of the duties of a physician. The qualifications vary from state to state, but include a Bachelor's and Master's degree in one of a few select fields.

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who is able to take on some of the duties of a physician due to advanced training. A nurse practitioner may work along with a physician or work independently.

A physician assistant is a person who is licensed to perform basic medical duties, such as diagnosis and treatment of common ailments, under the supervision of a licensed physician. Although a physician assistant works under the supervision of a physician, the physician does not necessarily have to be present or on site.

Seeing a nurse practitioner or physician assistant for health care can be quicker and less expensive than seeing a doctor. However, patients with serious health needs may be referred to a doctor for further care.

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