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  1. Lmfao. Honestly. I never figured out how an academically inferior provider is able to have more autonomy compared to the superior counterpart-Pas. I have nothing against Nps, but when you're dealing with medicine, then you would want the best.
  2. I thought Np's dont get a PA training. Hence the main reason for me to pursue other fields. I would hate to be diagnosing a patient and I couldn't do it because I didn't know the proper diagnosis. I'm currently looking at MD (Emergency Physician) or dentistry. I suppose a ACNP-C is an possibility as an easier route, but no disrespect, but PA's dont have much authority. This thread really shook me to the truth.
  3. Everyone in here was really helpful, so I might as well just suck it up and try my best for med school. Hopefully I dont have any mental disability that prevents me understanding it, but thanks alot everyone.
  4. May I ask why would a residency as a PA be beneficial? And haha, yes, I was considering the PA/NP thing for primary care because I would like to open my own clinic one day. You're influencing me to either try my best and attempt to do MD school or just get an ACNP (they seem to have the most scientific model of all the NPs). Everyone's replies are much appreciated, future and past.
  5. @above: So I'm going to literally be either one or the other? That's unfortunate. Thanks for clarifying this. If you guys could do it again, would you go to NP/MD school or continue being a PA? I just don't like the disrespect people get as a PA and I fear having to be an older PA and having to take orders from a younger MD. Thanks for the replies. You've helped alot. I just fear getting a lackluster education (like some programs) and suffer in work. I've looked at John Hopkins's NP program, and John Hopkins is known for it's credibility, so I guess that's an option since it will give me the experience I need? I would hate to regret my career choice.
  6. Hey this is my first time posting here, and I wanted some advice. I'm currently in school for a BSN, and I looked at both NPs/PAs but went with NPs due to the level of autonomy they had. And I couldn't see myself playing second fiddle or having to listen to a doctor fresh out of med school when I'm an older PA. However, I'm not too fond of the nursing model, as I appreciate the pathology and physiology of the human body. I would feel if I received a NP degree, I would feel less confident in my diagnosis and treatment. And I don't like being stuck in one specialty like NPs have. I would much rather prefer to have a variance of options that I can choose from to earn experience. So I wanted to see if I could become a RN, get a good year or so and then go into PA school, work as a PA for some time (3-10 years) and then obtain my NP degree, allowing me to work independently while allowing me to have PA training. This way I have both the nursing and medical model and I'm allowed to work in different fields and work independently from a physician. And I can open up my own clinic with a wealth of experience and become a better provider. I feel that PAs should be granted autonomy after a certain number of years, not NPs. Medical school is an absolute no because Orgo-Chem and Physics being the bane of my existence. If that wasn't the case, I would just become a MD. :D advice would be great. Thanks!
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