med_life_for_me Posted November 19, 2015 Share Posted November 19, 2015 It seems my previous post was deleted. It outlined the pros and cons (per an article that I read) of NP, PA and MD/DO.My story is a long one so I won't get into it, but I've been lurking on PA, NP, and MD/DO threads for several years. I graduated with a BS in a non medical field (worked in a hospital and accumulated around 500 patient contact hours) but during my last year of college took Microbio, Bio, and Chem. I still need A & P and Organic Chem.The reason I posted that article outlining the differences in each occupation was because I wanted feedback on the PA profession in 2015 heading into 2016. I know that I could "search" the topics or threads regarding this but most of those threads are from years ago and I want the present conditions of the field addressed.Things I'd love to ask PAs but really don't have the opportunity:1) Do you feel that ACA has changed things for your profession? If so, how? How do you see things being impacted in the future? 2) From what I've monitored, it seems NPs have more support in the hospital system (and in medical community), less resistance from Physicians and more lobbying power for legislative change (some of this has made me question whether or not I should go the PA route).3) A lot of the job postings in a 100 mile radius (and no I can't move because I'm married with a family) are posting for NP positions vs. PA positions. For example, most hospitals will post 1 PA position for every 10-15 NP positions. Why do you think that is?4) Can you provide a pros and cons list for entering this field? And, why should someone choose PA over NP or MD/DO?5) How old is too old to start one of these programs? I'm worried that my age may become a factor when looking for work after completing school (I'm currently 35).I know these are questions that you encounter regularly but as someone who is about to enroll in courses (to finish pre-reqs) and needs to choose a direction, I'm still not sure what to do.I'm not a big fan of the nursing model, but from what I've observed, NPs seem to have a bigger "backing" than PAs and although I'd rather study the medical model and gain knowledge from that sort of education, if my ability to move upward in a clinical environment is going to be determined by the 2 letters behind my name, what is the best decision at that point?Also, tuition is not cheap (for any of these programs) and knowing that jobs will be there upon graduation is important.I'm really looking for advice from veterans in the field. For people who have spent years in this profession and watching the direction it is going (whatever that may be), would you recommend this career path to others? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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