Like Corpsman said, my husband has a very stable, excellent job, of which there are only a few positions and it is very competitive to get, which is why we would prefer to not sacrifice that position since we want to stay in the area long term. Thanks! I appreciate you weighing in. I've been mentally comparing it to my experience in law school as far as the work load, but that was before I had kids, so it still leaves some to the imagination for me. I know people did law school with kids and even a few single parents, but I wasn't sure if that would be comparable or not since the schedule of law school is different. I could definitely do my clinicals here, which helps. This program has a few locations they send people to for clinicals, and our city is one of them. My husband could keep our kids here, but the idea of not seeing them for 5 days a week for 15-months sounds unbearable. I really appreciate your candor about your experience.
What is your day-to-day schedule like? How many hours of serious studying do you put in before/after class? How often do you attend classes in the evening? Do you have things to attend during the weekend during the didactic portion? For context on why I'm inquiring: I'm contemplating PA school, but my husband and I are trying to figure out how to make it work, especially while balancing our kiddos and my husband's job. One option that isn't ideal, but might work, would be for me to move with our kids (who would be 6 & 4) four hours away for the didactic portion only, which is 15 months at that school. We would be able to come home on weekends or have DH come to us. I've heard you are generally in class from 8-5 during the didactic portion at this school and then you study for the next day's classes, exams, etc. I'm trying to figure out if it's plausible to go to school while my kids are at school/after school program, hang out with them from the end of classes until bedtime (8:00) and then study for a few hours (which is basically what I do now while working and taking prerequisites). This would only be during the didactic portion as we could all live in our current city during my clinical rotations.