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Hi Everyone!

I was wondering if anyone had thoughts about this:

 

I'm currently pursuing an undergrad degree. Actually, I'm transferring to a school to finish my degree and I'm trying to figure out what I should major in. I would like to eventually become a PA but some of the schools I'm considering don't have pre-professional programs. I'm particularly interested in Loyola University Chicago. I've read that sometimes it's even more desirable to get a degree thats not a pre-professsional one, because it shows you have interests and strengths in other disciplines that can still be used in a medical setting.

 

My go-to is psychology because it's something I've been interested in awhile. However, I was looking into Loyolas requirements for their forensic science degree because thats also something thats interested me longer than psychology. I feel like it seems a little random if my end goal is to apply to PA schools, but it seems like a lot of the courses I'd be taking (and have already taken) for this degree could be related to and useful when I do go through PA school. For instance: human osteology, biostats, genetics, cell physiology, chem (gen, org and inorg), physics, calc, forensic toxicology etc..

 

https://lucweb.luc.edu/advsmt/index.cfm#Program

 

My point is that some of these classes cross over into requirements for some of the PA programs I've looked into but also, I feel like this kind of degree would be more useful for myself in the event that I decided to take time off before applying to PA schools or if I (for whatever reason) decided to change my career track, I'd still have a degree that would be applicable to a profession that I'm interested in. Of course, psychology is also another safer option but forensic science would at least have more classes that would eventually help me while pursuing a PA degree.

 

Any thoughts on this? Is there anyone out there that has a degree in Forensic Science and can give some insight? Sorry for the lengthy post, I'd just really like to know if I'm on a good track here or if there are major holes in my plan that I'm overlooking!!

 

Thanks!

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The coursework sounds good.  I have heard that forensics is tricky to find work in so you would want to be prepared to move nationally to where the job is.

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It's not a bad plan as far as PA programs (All that matters is that you meet the requirements), just make sure to check and see if this degree is something you can actually get a job with, particularly around where you live.

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