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Hi, I know I want to go into the medical field and being a PA has always been enticing to me. But it just lacked that adventure I was looking for! So then I thought about joining the navy as one and I have a few questions on it since I've heard recruiters aren't always honest. If I join the navy as a PA will I... be on a boat? See combat? Should I earn my degree before or while being in the navy? If I get my degree or finish it in the navy will my degree transfer to the real world? Is it a rewarding experience?
Hello everyone, I'm new to the PA forum. Haven't seen a thread yet for the upcoming application cycle, so I thought I'd go ahead and start one. I'm sure I can't be the only one in the process of narrowing down my list of schools for next year! Just curious to see where everyone else is applying and what your backgrounds are. I'm going to do my best to stay active in these forums, because I think I can learn a lot from everybody here. This is my first time applying, and I'm sure there are people here who are re-applicants and can offer advice to those of us who are new to the process. A little bit about me -- I'm a recent University of Arizona graduate (Bear Down Cats!). I studied healthcare management and I'm currently working as an ER scribe in a rural hospital, about an hour outside of Charleston, SC. I'm taking the GRE in January and I'm currently finishing the last of my science pre-requisites. Once I receive an acceptance to PA school (fingers crossed), I'm comissioning in the Navy as a medical officer and I'll serve for at least two years after graduation. Planning to specialize in surgery, likely trauma and/or orthopedics. Here's a list of schools I'm considering, in order of preference. I know it's quite a few -- most likely, I will not apply to all of them. Let me know if you are also applying to any of these schools and/or what you've heard about these programs! Duke University Chapman University - Orange County, CA University of Alabama - Birmingham Treveccca Nazarene University - Nashville A.T. Still University - Phoenix South College - Knoxville, TN MUSC - Charleston, SC University of South Alabama University of Utah University of Florida University of Charleston - West Virginia Sullivan University - Louisville, KY Idaho State University Monmouth University - West Long Branch, NJ Seton Hall University - South Orange, NJ University of New England - Portland, ME Look forward to hearing more about everyone....and good luck to everyone applying in 2015!