So, you’ve decided to pursue a career in healthcare – congratulations! Whether you choose to take the road of a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant, you will play a critical role in providing essential medical care to a broad range of patients in your chosen area of specialization. The good news is many of the duties of a nurse practitioner and physician’s assistant overlap – and each works closely with primary care providers and doctors to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. But the devil, as they say, is in the details. In this case, deciding which role might be best for you boils down to a number of factors.