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What is the difference between a physicians assistant and a nurse practitioner?


I am currently a health science major at Drexel University and I’m considering two paths of becoming either a physicians assistant or nurse practitioner. #majors #health

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Roger’s Answer

Updated Bedford, Massachusetts

For my experience, the primary difference is the approach to patient care. NPs tend to be more holistic in approach, based on the nursing model. PAs are based more in the curative , medical model. Both have the same goal, just differing ways to reach those goals. Both are similar in pre-req requirements and program length as well as income potential (in my state anyway!).

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