Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Research has been done analyzing nurse practitioners (NP) versus physician assistants (PA) and medical doctors (MDs) versus doctor of osteopathic medicine (DOs), but there is a lack of research on PAs versus MD/DOs. This thesis aims to outline the similarities and differences between the physician profession and the physician assistant profession. Interviews were conducted with physicians and physician assistants from the Nebraska Medicine Emergency Department to get insight from professionals currently in the field and to gain multiple perspectives. Along with interviews, research was conducted utilizing scholarly articles and other online reliable resources. These findings are significant for any undergraduate student deciding on which role in healthcare they would like to pursue, for individuals who are not aware of the differences between physicians and physician assistants, and for potential future patients. The overall goal of this capstone thesis was to be informative and to help the community gain a better understanding of these professions in healthcare.