Family nurse practitioners are nurses with advanced education and training who can diagnose and treat a wide range of health issues for both adults and children including writing prescriptions, as needed. These providers must first complete the education and training necessary to be a registered nurse and then go on to earn a Master's or Doctorate degree in advanced nursing practice.
Additionally, Family nurse practitioners are required to pass a national board certification in their area of specialty. They have a thorough background in family healthcare, including pediatric training and expertise.
Physician assistants are healthcare providers who are licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician, as determined by each state. Physician assistants perform physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, and write prescriptions as needed. All physician assistants have a Bachelor's degree and have completed an accredited physician assistants training program.
Additionally, they must pass a national certification exam developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners.