[quote]Dr J wrote:
Not a PA, I’m a Family Nurse Practitioner, but I hire PA’s. Never thought to ask that since I went a different route.
What type of clinical experience are they asking for?
Can she go to anywhere? or she wanting to stay in her own state.[/quote]
I would ask a similar question if you would be so kind to take the time to answer. My college roommate’s younger sister is currently in the athletic training program at Texas State University (which has a top-tier Health Professions program) but is looking to go to PA school when she graduates, and is looking to change her major. She wants to stay in the state for her advanced degree. As a professional in the field, which undergraduate degree/clinical experience do you feel would put her in the best position as a potential PA student?[/quote]
Getting a JOB in the healthcare field is not difficult, Certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, EMT basic etc. Connections/networking is what is needed (like anything in life) plus people who are wanting to go to PA school need to step in the field somehow.
Its not a glamorous profession, but can be viewed that way by the ignorant.
Now honestly tell her to go to get her bachelors in Nursing. Then apply for PA school. That was my career track until I found out the structure of PA school, no way I could work and go to school at the same time. Since I was a divorced male in Texas there was no choice but to just go on and get my Masters in nursing.
BUT I personally believe PA school would be a better track than Masters in nursing.
I’m sorry to derail the thread, but would you mind expanding on why you think PA would be better than Masters in Nursing. My oldest daughter is a year away from having her BSN and has all but made up her mind to pursue a Master’s in critical care.[/quote]
Personnel opinion after 20 years of medicine, as a respiratory therapist, nurse and now a nurse practitioner.
More people have heard of PAs as opposed to nurse practitioners. There are pros and cons to both. I am just not impressed with the regulatory board of nursing in any state