Hello, I am a high school senior that is interested in becoming a PA. I‘m currently in the process of applying to colleges and would like to know what major would be the best for me to pursue. For a little bit of background, I had originally planned on majoring in Biology because I read that it was the most common route taken for PA school( I’m also quite fascinated with biology itself). However, after researching again, I now plan on getting a BSN so that I'll have a backup job in the medical field just in case everything doesn't go as planned. I've read that majoring in Nursing unfortunately doesn't look good because PA schools will question the student's commitment to the PA profession. Personally, I am certain that I want to become a Physician Assistant but I also want to be able to secure a job in the medical field after receiving at least my bachelors. It also seems as though the medical-related jobs that I could get with a Biology degree wouldn't be very patient care related, which is something that I wish to have in a job. Overall, I feel as though I would prosper in a more health-centered major because it relates more to my passion.
So ultimately, my questions are:
1. Between majoring in Biology and Nursing, which is the more advantageous route to take in order to become a PA?
2. Is there any true disadvantage to having a BSN when it comes to applying to PA schools?
3. Are there any other majors that would be a better choice to study than Biology or Nursing?
I would greatly appreciate it if anyone can get help me out!
New to the community - I finally decided to make an account after reading through a ton of helpful forum posts ?
Currently struggling with what to do to set myself up in the best way for PA school. I am 23 and just graduated two weeks ago with a B.S. of Health Science and during my final final exam week came to the realization that pursuing MD/DO wasn't the right match for me given my personal aspirations (family, time, etc.).
I started off my freshman year getting 4.0s in every class, then had a drastic drop in my late sophomore/entire junior year GPA. I made the decision to transfer home to reground and refocus on my priorities. Following this, my grades improved significantly. I finished with a overall 3.38 cGPA at my second university, however my prior schooling and repeats of a handful of classes left me with an overall cGPA 2.99 and sGPA of 2.82 - which is obviously making me feel discouraged?
Currently, I am set to be accepted to an 1-year accelerated nursing program starting in May 2019 to become an RN. I also got accepted to Case Western's Medical Physiology master's program and am waiting to hear back on one other MS program. I am leaning toward becoming an RN as I'm thinking this would give me more purpose and satisfaction in work rather than struggling to find a medical job without having any certification until I can further my education/career. I am also not sure how much benefit a general science master's degree would have overall or when applying to PA programs and, with that being said, given the cost of getting a masters...I'm hesitant to commit. The last two bonuses of being an RN, I'd be able to get my finances together and some quality HCE for a couple years before pursuing PA school.
SO, my questions and confusion:
Most important --> 1) What is the best way of raising my GPA and chances for PA school? Taking general or upper level sciences? Technically my GPA would bump up by doing the nursing program, however a few of my PA pre-reqs are low even after a couple repeats so I am concerned about this.
2) Should I repeat my pre-reqs? I noticed some schools say that you have to have taken these classes within 6 years of applying. By the time I apply, some of my pre-reqs will be past this and I would have to retake them anyway if this is the case. Am I not understanding this correctly?
3) What are thoughts on pursuing master's programs in relation to PA school? Benefits? Has anyone done this and would you do it again if you had the choice?
Here are my stats again:
cGPA: 2.99 // sGPA: 2.82 // GRE: v - 154/65th percentile, q - 153/51st percentile, w - 3.5 // Current paid HCE: 432 // Volunteer HCE: 652
I'm sorry this is long, but I am open to any and all words of advice anyone is willing to offer! Hopefully, this will help others as well - I've read a lot of uplifting forums that give me hope that it is still possible to achieve our goals! Thank you to all in advance!
I'm having some trouble deciding between becoming an RN or becoming a PA. I know there are many differences between the two professions, but that only seems to make my decision harder. Recently I just got accepted into my schools nursing program, but I'm not sure if I want to go through with it. For a very long time now I have wanted to be a PA but pretty much ruled it out because I thought the path it took to get there would be too hard. I have never been a straight A student (A's and B's with a rare C), and I know GPA is a heavily weighted factor in even getting considered for a PA program, not to mention the work you have to do if you get accepted! I am a very tenacious person. I know getting to PA school would be a challenge, but with all that considered, PA school is always on my mind. I feel like the only reason I am currently going for nursing is because I'm scared I would not be able to get into PA school (and if I don't then I'm kind of stuck). If anyone has any advice I would love to hear it!
Okay, so I've been doing some research on Physician Assistants and PA schools and different routes to go about doing so. When I first applied to college I was a nursing major but changed it to Gen Ed because I thought I wanted to go into education, but nursing/medical field has stayed on my mind as I was pretty well set on becoming a nurse. I'm still in my first semester at a community college (I was going to complete my first year at community college and then transfer to a 4-year university) so it wouldn't be too hard to change my major; I've only taken the basic classes, i.e math, English, and a few classes to go along with my degree program, so I'm not that far along into it. I've recently learned about and became interested in the Physician Assistant career option and I'm wondering the best way to go about getting into PA school in the future. I know I could major in nursing and then apply to PA school, but I would still need to try to get 2000 (or more) hours. So I was thinking of changing my major to A.A.S- Emergency Medical Science, Paramedic Track, and then working as a Paramedic for a few years to get the sometimes required 2000 hours and then apply to PA school.
I guess my question is, would I be able to get into PA school after getting my Associates degree in EMS- Paramedic Track or do I need to obtain a 4 year nursing degree and then apply to PA school?
Hello everyone. Let me jump in by first presenting the question, should I go to nursing school before PA school? I'm a veteran utilizing my GI bill and I just got accepted to a nursing program. However, my end goal is to become a physicians assistant. I initially thought that it would be wise do get a bachelors in nursing and then apply to PA school. I figured that it would give me good clinical experience, look good on my application to PA school, and guarentee me a job in case I don't get accepted right away. However, I recently looked at my degree audit and I'm starting to have second thoughts. In one more semester, I'll have an associates degree. If I didnt go into nursing, I could finish my bachelores in 2 more years and apply to PA school. On the other hand, if I start the nursing program, in two years I'll be a nurse, but I'll only have an associates. That means it would take an additional two years to get my bachelores, and finally apply to PA school. Is the clinical experience, and job security worth the extra two years of school? Should I just switch my major to Biology or something, and hope to get accepted into PA school on the first round? Should I consider NP? So far I've been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA. I'm not sure if that will factor into any advice you have for me, but I would really appreciate any feedback. Thank you for your time.