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  1. Ok. Interesting...I've never heard of a School Based Health. I'm definitely interested... So, how would I become a school based PA? Is there a special PA program that I have to go to? Do I have to make sure the PA program will allow me to rotate through schools? Do I just become a pediatric PA and look for employment in a school based health facility? I'm on the AAPA website but I do not see any information about SBH; I just see the accredited programs. Also, do you know if SBH PAs have a standard teacher schedule? (i.e. M-F 8am-3pm, spring break vacation, etc.) Are SBH PAs employed by the school district? And, last question: How would I go about finding these jobs? I'm looking online but I don't see anything for this particular setting. *I know I went overboard w/ all of the questions but I'm really interested in this; perhaps someone can help me. Thanks in advance! :=D:
  2. Hi, I just looked at the National Salary Report 2010 for PAs and it says an Elementary or Secondary School PA has an average salary of $115K --> http://nurse-practitioners-and-physician-assistants.advanceweb.com/Features/Articles/National-Salary-Report-2010.aspx Um...did I miss something? Yes, that's an awesome salary but forget the salary. I'm moreso focused of the setting--elementary school. :=D: PAs can work in elementary schools? If so, SIGN ME UP! I've been working as a substitute teacher for the past two years and I've been secretly wishing I could be an elementary school PA but I didn't now that was an option. What do you guys know about being an elementary or secondary school PA? I thought elementary schools/secondary schools only hired nurses? And those jobs were really hard to find.. Let me know! Thanks. :=D: P.S. I posted this thread because I googled "Elementary school physician assistant" and nothing came up. Hhhmm...that doesn't look very promising. How did this "setting" make it on the salary report if I can't even find it on google? So, I figured I'd make my way to the PA forum in hopes of someone shedding a little light on this setting.
  3. Oh, ok. Thank you for the advice. You said Rads is super saturated...so it would be really hard for me to land a Rads PA job? Is there a specific subspecialty in Rads that is in demand? i.e. Rads onc
  4. Hi, I have an interest in Radiology and I've been considering going to PA school to be a Rads PA. I found information about being a Reg. Rads Asst and I was wondering if anyone knew the difference between these fields? According to the ASRT, Rads Asst make more than Rads PAs... Rads Asst Avg Sal: $102, 972 (http://www.ama-assn.org/ama1/pub/upload/mm/40/mi07-radiog-asst.pdf) Rads PA Avg Sal: $95, 214 (http://physician-assistant.advanceweb.com/Article/PA-Salaries-by-Specialty-2008-2009-2.aspx) I know it's not that much of a difference, but I was wondering your thoughts on this issue? Should I just puruse a Rads Asst cert if I know I only want to work in Rads (particulary Pediatric Rads if I should be so lucky :=D:)? I know I'd have to become a RT, first (which is two years), but I'm just curious. Basically, I need to find out which career has the most job openings. I don't want to pursue Rads PA if most people hire RT's/RRA's. Fyi--I already have a science related B.S. and three years of healthcare exp.
  5. Not really. 10% is 10%. I just read that there are about 80,000 people who work as PAs in the U.S. So, about 8,000 of them work in Ortho. Yes, 8,000 is a large number but that leaves 72,000 PAs that aren't working in Ortho; that's a large number. In comparison to the career, Ortho PAs are a small number. But then again, I guess there are fewer Orthopedic Surgeons, in the medical career, than family practice, pediatricians, etc. Eh...whatever. I'll just cross my fingers and hope I land a job in Ortho...esp Peds Ortho if I pursue a career as a PA. :)
  6. Why? Are most PAs just not interested in orthopedics? From what I've seen, there are a lot of Ortho practices so it's not like the opportunities aren't there.
  7. So PNP's only work in primary care? PNPs can't work w/ specialists? I didn't know that... I saw a job ad for a PNP, at a huge specialty pediatric hospital/clinic where I live, and it was for Pediatric Surgery. Needless to say, that was the only job I saw so that could have been a fluke. In addition to being interested in Peds Ortho, I'd also be interested in any Peds specialty - Peds Neuro, Peds Cardio, etc. Peds Cardio would be my 2nd choice... Oh, and those of you guys who said I wouldn't have a lot of OR time, w/ these specialists...that's ok with me.
  8. But Peds Orthos need PAs, right? I'm sure it will be harder to find a Peds Ortho job (vs an Ortho job) but I'm sure they're out there. I don't think I want to go to med school just so I can eventually work as a Peds Ortho. I'm in my late 20's and that would take 10 yrs...once I got in :eek: I already contemplated that...
  9. Very true, autonomy is definitely earned. Your degree doesn't really make a difference, I guess, when it comes to autonomy unless you're a MD. How long does a PA get orthopedic and pediatric clinical experience in PA school? 6 wks? (<--I heard that from someone a while ago). NPs get clinical experience in Pediatrics so the only thing a PA would have , over a NP, is 6wks of Ortho experience, right? Just wondering b/c both of them are going to need on-the-job training. I know NPs need extra training to be able to 1st asst but once they get that training, aren't the opportunities the same? A new grad PA needs to be trained...and a new grad PNP would need to be trained, correct? In my case, I guess PA would be the shortest route but I'm just curious...
  10. I've finally decided that I want to work in the Pediatric Orhopedic field. I have a B.S. in Biology but I don't know if I want to be a NP or PA. I know if I go PA, it will only be 2yrs but people have told me NPs have more autonomy? :confused: I've yet to be able to shadow either so I have to use forums for information...for now. I know this is the PA forum, and I'm not trying to start a PA vs NP war, I'm just trying to figure out which field will have more job opportunities (PA or NP) if my my main goal is to work in the Pediatric Orthopedic field? Also, feel free to explain your answer; the more info, the better. :D Thanks a bunch...
  11. HIIIII what school did u graduate/are u in? it's so nice to know i'm not alone!!! i just graduated this past summer at ucsd with a bachelors in human bio..... what are your reasons from going back and forth?

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