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MightyJoe36
Dec 29, 2013

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I'm retired military and when I go to the clinic, I'm either seen by a Physician Assistant (PA) or a nurse. It seems like they both do the same thing.

Can someone in the field tell me what the difference is as far as responsibilities and training/education?

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Waltzing Along
Jun 14, 2008

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PA is one step higher than a nurse. A PA can write prescriptions, a nurse can not unless they are a nurse practitioner which is the same level as a PA. Hope that helps. Nurse can have a BS or RN program. A PA usually has a masters, though in the past they could get there via a certificate.

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