Doctor vs PA vs NP | Which is Right for You?

Doctor, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant. Three different healthcare paths with three overlapping but distinct outcomes. How can you know which is right for you? I’ll help you decide.

The doctor training path, whether MD or DO, is the longest by far. After your 4 premed years in college, you’ll complete another 4 years of medical school followed by 3 to 7 years of residency in your intended specialty. If you want to further subspecialize with a fellowship, add one or more years after that. PA school is 2 or 2 and a half years, after which you’re fully trained and can practice. NP school is between 2 and 5 years, depending on whether you go to a full time or part time program. There are also online-only programs.

In terms of clinical expertise and knowledge, physicians have far more extensive training than both mid-level pathways. Scope of practice creep is the hotly debated topic in healthcare these days, with NPs, PAs, and other midlevel providers pushing for more scope of practice. Physicians are pushing back, citing the training and expertise gap and the increased risks in patient care.

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00:00 Introduction
00:58 Training Comparison
05:35 Expertise & Knowledge
07:38 Scope of Practice
11:34 How to Decide MD vs NP vs PA

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