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Heyyy, I'm going to college soon and I can't choose between a PA or NP, can I get thoughts please?

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Trilce’s Answer

Hi, on a very basic level, an NP attends a nursing school while a PA attends a medical school or center of medicine. Nurses follow a patient-centered model, in which they focus on disease prevention and health education and handle assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Physician assistants follow a disease-centered model, in which they focus on the biologic and pathologic components of health, and also practice assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. NPs can specialize in several areas, including adult-gerontology/geriatrics, mental health, pediatrics and women's health. PAs have more of a generalized education, but can also specialize in areas like emergency medicine, orthopedics and general surgery.
Do your research and request an informational interview with a PA and an NP to learn more about each path and see which one resonates with you more. Ask them if you can shadow them for half a day. That will really help clarify things for you. Good luck!
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Brian’s Answer

Hi. I work with both NP and PA in my field of Medical sales. Very Similar but I think the PA does more surgical Intervention. Both can write prescriptions and deal directly with patients.
I believe schooling is longer for NP and you can go to Anesthesia as well.
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