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  1. Hey folks, I took anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and gen chem 1 between 2012 and 2015 for my BSN/RN. If I do plan on applying to PA school in the next couple of years, do you think it'll be pertinent for me to retake them considering the time that's elapsed since then? My original plan was to simply do some home review and then take gen chem 2/o-chem and a gen bio. I know every school's admission requirements are different. Since I'll end up stuck in Northern California, I'd really only have 3-4 school choices. Samuel Merritt, Yale Online, Stanford, and maybe Davis if I can convince my fiance to move up that far.
  2. It should. The community college I took my nursing prereqs at had medical chem for nursing majors, gen chem for pre-meds/bio majors, and gen chem for engineers/chem majors. I took gen chem for pre-med/bio majors. However, I may have to retake it seeing as I took it roughly 5 years ago. I'd much rather just self-study all the gen chem 1 stuff I've forgotten and apply it toward the Gen Chem 2/O-Chem course I would need to take. Same goes for Anatomy. There was an a&p course for pre-nurses and an anatomy course for pre-PT/PA/med school. I took the latter. Very time-consuming but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Good luck to you! ED nurses are badass, except when you send me patients at shift change!
  3. Best of luck! I hope post-grad fellowships become more widespread.
  4. I want to work on the inpatient side. Not really interested in primary care. I currently work on what is essentially a surgical oncology unit so I wouldn't mind say being on a colorectal or thoracic service, but I'll take what I can get. IM doesn't sound too bad either. See, that's my issue. NP programs vary so widely in terms of quality. That's why UCSF's is really the only appealing one because of its affiliation with top tier clinical sites and the fact that it seems to favor a bit more rigor over the nursing theory bullshit. Still only 570 hours of clinical rotations is not amazing, even if it requires 2 years of inpatient RN experience (since that doesn't necessarily translate to being a competent provider). However, UCSF does offer an inpatient NP residency which could make up for things, but I'd like to be prepared out of the gate and not struggle to catch up.
  5. Oh most definitely. But, suffice to say, if there are any valid points to extract from their horribly toxic arguments in their echo chamber of hate, it's that NP programs are not standardized and many are not as rigorous as they should be. Suffice to say, I'm sure there are plenty of great NPs who can compensate by picking well-regarded schools and gleaning everything they can from them, and then doing a lot of self-studying on the side to learn the trade. But, if presented with a choice between both pathways (NP and PA), despite my nursing background, PA appeals to be more because of its fairly intensive training. I know the job market is better for NPs but I want to be as competent as I can be on the other side of graduate school.
  6. Hey guys. Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this. I'm at a crossroads in terms of deciding what path to pursue in the next couple of years. I'm currently a nurse who works on an inpatient surgical unit. I've recently started to lean toward the PA route due to the rigor and standardization of the program. Originally, I swore to myself that if I went the NP route, it'd only be at a brick and mortar ACNP program like UCSF's (as I am beholden to the Bay Area d/t family reasons, though I "think" I'm a fairly strong candidate). However, even UCSF's program, despite appearing more rigorous than your typical, run-of-the-mill program and promising to find inpatient rotations for you, only offers 570 hours of clinical training. I don't think that's anywhere close to enough. In addition, what started as research on Reddit as lead me to a subset of physicians on the r/residency forum that absolutely despise NPs, and though they are extremely vitriolic, pearl-clutching, and mean-spirited people, there is some nuance in the discussion to be had about the quality of training NPs generally receive and how they have to work really hard to fill that large gap in knowledge after they graduate. Suffice to say, in any occupation, you solidify what you've learned in school on the job and much of the detail you do learn in school is eventually purged from your brain if it is not relevant to your practice. However, PA school offers a standardized, rigorous approach to training that I can get behind, and that's why I'm leaning toward it. It'd certainly take longer to go that route vs the NP route as I'd need to take a few more prereqs (I have Anatomy, Physio, Micro, Gen Chem 1, Stats, and Calculus done. The schools I've looked at, Samuel Merrit, Stanford, and Yale's Online Program, don't seem to have an absolute course-time limit. Samuel Merritt says they'd prefer certain prereqs to be done less than 5 years ago but make exceptions for people that work in healthcare), the GRE, and shadow a PA. Obviously, you all can't make my decision for me, but maybe you can provide me some food for thought. Thanks, you guys.
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