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I am applying to many great programs. I am applying to the ones I think I have the best shot of getting into. 80% of these programs will award me a master's degree upon completion, but one offers a certificate for people who already have a bachelor's degree in some other discipline, as I do, and another offers a second bachelor's degree for a two-year program. My question is for people who actually have had to deal with having anything other than a masters degree in the current job market, or someone in charge of hiring, who can shed some light on this topic. I have heard Duke only hires masters level PAs. I am sure when competing with a masters level clinician you lose points in the job hunt, but have you had to deal with lower pay and/or less opportunity?

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All non-masters' programs are on the way out.  Like it or not, degree creep is hitting our profession hard.  Only three states, to the best of my knowledge, require a masters, but non masters programs have been converting to graduate level for years.

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Next thing you know, it will be all doctorate degrees..

 

 

I graduated from one of the few remaining programs that offer a bachelors option. Those second career folks out there (like I was) will find it more difficult to matriculate I think if the doctorate becomes the norm. It's funny you can't get prescriptive rights with a bachelors. Minus the Capstone project, there wasn't much of a difference between the bachelors and masters at my program didactically speaking.

 

Choose a program that fits you and go with it. I'm a bachelors recipient and I had absolutely no problem finding a job ( had several offers prior to graduating).

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Next thing you know, it will be all doctorate degrees..

 

 

I graduated from one of the few remaining programs that offer a bachelors option. Those second career folks out there (like I was) will find it more difficult to matriculate I think if the doctorate becomes the norm. It's funny you can't get prescriptive rights with a bachelors. Minus the Capstone project, there wasn't much of a difference between the bachelors and masters at my program didactically speaking.

 

Choose a program that fits you and go with it. I'm a bachelors recipient and I had absolutely no problem finding a job ( had several offers prior to graduating).

 

There was no technical reason to require a masters for prescriptive rights, but our state did. A good bit of that was likely due to NPs, who were getting their own master's degrees at the time.

 

If it takes the same length of time to get either, I would recommend the masters; you never know what you'll face downstream.

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There was no technical reason to require a masters for prescriptive rights, but our state did. A good bit of that was likely due to NPs, who were getting their own master's degrees at the time.

 

If it takes the same length of time to get either, I would recommend the masters; you never know what you'll face downstream.

It was always in the cards for me to do it. Just was a less expensive route (20k difference) with the bachelors option. I will definitely be pursuing a masters after getting my feet wet and some student loans laid down. Especially as I have an interest in teaching in the future.

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Always opt for the higher degree if you have the option. Just akin to taking classes with labs, my friend was asking me about his pre-req for PT school, whether he should do the physics lab even though the school he's applying to doesn't need it. My answer: always take the labs for classes that have them, that way you have a buffer just in case. 

Bottom line: don't take the easier route if you can avoid it. There is a reason its the easier route. 

 

PT are transitioning to doctorate degrees as well. That in itself gives you an idea of where these programs are going.

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