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  1. Do you need a training program for jobs in cardiac rehab? On another note, does anyone know of any CNA training programs in Pennsylvania? I'm having difficulty finding some.
  2. Yeah thats a reason why I want to switch to the BSN. Biology degrees just don't get very good jobs, unless you decide to get a PhD and do research or something similar, which is of no interest to me. The only thing that really catches my interest is healthcare and thats about it job-wise.
  3. Thank you! I'm going to definitely have to do this. Is this the official PA program list? http://directory.paeaonline.org/ I assume it is since its from the PAEA. Ah okay thank you thats something I'll look into. I'll have to talk to an academic advisor, but so far it seems as if my university only has 200 level microbiology courses. Although, there is a 300 level called "Pathogenic Microbiology". Not sure if thats any different.
  4. Thank you guys! I mean yes, biology does interest me, but so does nursing. Plus, from searching the types of jobs I can get as a biology major vs. a nursing major, I much rather would choose the work a nurse does, especially with the ability to go into NP/PA programs. I may end up taking a year or two after undergrad to work as a nurse, especially since I want to rack up HCE to better my application. As for pre-reqs, they vary from school to school, but they're all mostly similar correct? I'm in Pennsylvania so I would most likely be applying to PA programs in Pennsylvania.
  5. Thank you very much! Yes, thats another thing I was thinking; I would have the pathway open to being a Nurse Practitioner. I've researched both careers extensively, and would enjoy being a PA (its my first choice) but a NP I wouldn't mind either. And then of course, the BSN will be there for me. That is true, I probably shouldn't stress much about time. I could squeeze in an extra year if needed for undergrad to finish pre-reqs + BSN. It would cost a little more, but I'll do what I gotta do to get to being a PA.
  6. Hi there! I'm currently a freshman in college, and am looking to become a Physician Assistant (have been since high school). Anyway, currently I'm enrolled in a B.S. biology major. After researching some more and finding out about the HCE requirements for PA school, I've been thinking of switching over to a nursing degree (BSN) + doing the pre-reqs for PA school. The reason for this is because if I don't gain enough HCE in my undergrad years for PA school, I can take a year or two after undergrad to work as a nurse to gain that experience. Also, in the worst case scenario, if my plan of going to PA school falls out for any reason, I will still have a degree in which I can earn a decent living, pursue further education with it, and work in the healthcare field. My only concern with this is the time it might take. I know its pretty early in my college career, so I don't think this should be a big concern, but I would really like to complete my undergrad in a time of 4 years. With the BSN + PA school pre-reqs, would that be doable? Has anyone else done this before, and how did you manage to get through it? Another reason I'm looking to switch to nursing is because again, if my plan for PA school falls out, the only thing my biology degree would be useful for is lab work or research. That does not interest me at all. I am most interested in working in the healthcare field, along side other healthcare professionals and working with patients. What do you guys think? Should I continue on with the B.S. in biology, or is it possible that I could switch over to nursing while doing PA school pre-reqs?
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