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  1. Thanks for the insight @DizzyJ That is what I am seeing, just curious if PA-C + CAQ-Psyc would give an edge than PMHNP. That way getting the medical content of the PA school plus the psych experience would give the upper hand, I would guess
  2. Thanks unfortunately ca doesnt seem very PA friendly for psych as far as I have researched. By "self study" didn't mean just study by myself but more along the lines of any additional fellowships or other coursework or certificates that I could do to augment the NP curriculum.
  3. PA was my first choice as I would have enjoyed the rigor and the model of the teaching. However, I would like to eventually do Psych so leaning more towards the NP path. I want to know if there is anyway one can self-study some of the PA curriculum. If so, I could somehow get the training that PA school provides with the NP degree. That could be the best of both worlds for me..
  4. Well, life is a marathon not a sprint You are a new mom and that too during these crazy times. Take some time off, I am serious. A year of not working or studying or preparing is not going to make a difference in the grand scheme of things. Visualize yourself working as a 75 or 80 year old because it energizes you and keeps you refreshed (and $$ doesn't hurt either!). I kept myself going for years through a very stressful and demanding tech job after giving birth to my daughter. I felt crappy in my joband my mom role and one day it just crumbled. However, that breakdown was a path to a new beginning. I took 2 years off to just "slack" and thankfully my husband is very supportive. Now, I have renewed energy and am very motivated to start my second career. I am doing my pre-reqs now and working part time to get my hce hours. Kids do grow up and that will also free you up mentally. Wishing you good luck..in these crazy times..
  5. Thanks for the links, the yale online option looks likes like a good fit for non traditional students. However, after researching a lot on this amazing forum, I have decided to put the PA plan on hold and pursue the rn route for now.
  6. following this discussion very closely as I am a 45 year old woman in IT/computer science field and totally burnt out especially with ageism so rampant. I want to switch to a career where I feel like I am helping humanity directly and I can part-time work till I am 70 at least. The other posters have made excellent points and also based on my research I have decided against PA school for now and am looking at the rn option. MattG77, since you already have the bio degree and therefore the pre-reqs done the rn path is something you could consider. In some programs you could start working after a year of completion. The pay looks great too for the amount of investment at least..just thought Id throw that option in.
  7. I am reading many post here about pre-pas applying to multiple schools even as much as 15! all over the country. I am assuming that only works when you are single or at least do not have school age kids. What about people with families? I guess we are restricted to where we live which limits our acceptance. Perhaps, are there any hybrid- distance learning options?
  8. Am a software engineer in mid 40s want to apply to PA school. Finally pursuing my dream to work in healthcare! The title says it all! I wonder if I am hitting a stumbling block as I have a foreign BSc (computer science) - 1996, no GPA given. CASPA does not accept the transcripts, so would I get it evaluated by a third party? I am not sure they can even go back that far as the program has changed. I do have a MS (computer science) from US though, GPA 3.75 I don't have any science courses at all and will be taking them at a local CC. I just hope I don't have to do a second bachelors and my MS degree from the US could somehow suffice. Any inputs? Thanks!
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