Long story story short, I desperately want to get into the OR (and yes, I know what I'm getting myself into...just not sure about the best way to get there).
I am debating whether to go for a Masters in Surgical Assisting, or try to become a surgical PA. If I was going to pursue PA, I don't have any PCE yet and would need to start accumulating that right away while I work on pre-reqs.
Surgical Assisting Pros:
Fewer pre-reqs than PA school
No PCE necessary (but I will have some)
I can apply in 6-8 months (vs. 1+ years for PA school while I get the extra pre-reqs/PCE)
This program says that 100% of graduates have job offers before graduating, because the program is well known in the area
But I'm worried that I might be boxing myself in with surgical assisting; if I can't get a job as CSFA, then it's not like I can switch specialities like a PA could. I guess I could always go back to PA school if I don't love surgical assisting, but that's a lot of debt to end up where I could've just started.
My main concern is that I won't be as competitive for PA school because I don't have any PCE yet (I'm going to start working as behavior technician for children with autism, which I'm sure would count at some PA schools). Perhaps I should apply to surgical assisting and PA school at the same time and just see what happens? Or maybe get a quick medical certification like phlebotomy, and start working PCE that might be more competitive than RBT hours?
Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. This is a totally new world for me.