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Hi Guys, I am going to keep this as short as possible. I am currently an undergraduate approaching my junior year. I have only a couple of pre-PA courses left and will be finished with my clinical hours by the end of this year. I am a psychology major with a minor in neuroscience. I would have a major in neuroscience or behavioral science if only my University offered it. However, I have adjusted accordingly by integrating many biological components within my academic resume. Background explanation completed. Long story short: I want to be a Clinical Psychologist (obviously this entails a Doctoral degree in psychology) and a licensed PA. My goal is to integrate the two if at all possible. I used to want to be a Psychiatrist (MD) until I saw the lack of patient-to-doctor time which doesn't allow for adequate analysis of psychiatric conditions, IMO. Having the depth of understanding of a Clinical Psychologist along with the ability to prescribe medications as a PA looks to be an ideal solution. But here come the questions: Is this realistic and feasible? I wouldn't want to be utilizing one without the other. Would there be hiring opportunities for what I am describing? Can you really integrate the two simultaneously? If so, how much freedom and solidarity would I have to practice? I don't mind long or straightforward answers. And I am willing to communicate any additional questions anyone may have. I appreciate you taking the time to read this.
I am interested in going to PA school and have done a little research on the Navy's program for those wanting to go to school as PA. I have read that those that have gone in end up getting deployed and mostly do primary care. I have been on the flip side of the military life with my Dad being in for 20+ years so I have moved quite a bit and also lived overseas. I have a BS in Kinesiology and a MS in Exercise Science and Wellness. I have spent a year working in PT clinics and also have worked with clinical populations mainly pulmonary and cardiac rehab settings. I am interested in specializing more so in cardiology, I just wanted to know if I should even bother looking into joining the Navy if I cannot specialize.