honeybell2012 Posted August 25, 2013 Share Posted August 25, 2013 Hi folks - this is my first post, so if this sort of thing has already been covered, my apologies. I'm a pre-PA student, in the process of a career change. I decided a few years back on a career change to healthcare (from nonprofit management), and entered nursing school to get things started. In my second year (ASN program), I realized that although I love healthcare, nursing was not the right fit for me, and that being a PA would be a better fit. I completed the program successfully, but decided not to take my boards and instead to continue working in the same position in nonprofit management that I was in before/during nursing school. For most of the PA programs that I have looked at (which is a limited pool; hoping for something within driving distance in central New England), a bachelor's degree is required, which I don't have (once upon a time, I was a film student, but left school and began working for nonprofits instead). In order to maintain my position at work, I found an online option for completion of my Bachelor's as a part of my prep for PA school that seems to make a lot of sense - a Bachelor's in Healthcare Management at Northeastern University (sort of like business school with a focus on healthcare). Their tagline is about combining one's interest in care with their passion for business. I like that. I have a natural interest in business and, good or bad, the business side determines a lot of what happens in healthcare and with patients, so it seems like a good fit for my needs and interests. It's a fast track program, so I'll be done in 18 months; depending on the rigor of the program (which starts in September), I may take other prereqs for PA school (organic chem, etc) concurrently or when the program is completed. Ideally, when I am done with this and then PA school, I will have three distinct perspectives: that of the RN, that of the administrator, and that of the PA. I think it will be valuable to me and serve as an asset, but I'm curious about others' feedback. Are there any other RN to PAs out there who didn't practice as nurses? Does it seem worthwhile to get the business perspective while finishing my Bachelor's, or in light of the prereqs I need to take, would it make more sense to finish my Bachelor's with a science (bio or chem) concentration? Are there any PA students out there who wish there was more focus on the business side of things that will impact how they practice? Any feedback would be appreciated! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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