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Does an osteopath work along physican assistants and nurse practitioners under a medical doctor?



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No, Osteopathic physicians are fully licensed in all 50 United states and the District of Columbia to perform medicine or surgery independent of any other practitioner.

Physician assistants are not fully licensed to practice independently and may not perform surgery. They are required to work under the supervision of a physician (MD or DO). Nurse practitioners, in contrast, have autonomous practice authority in many states, collaborative practice in most, and supervisory practice in one state.