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Ok, time to air a pet peeve....A major hospital in my area, which I worked at for a long time and at which I still know many folks , will support (as in pay for) prereqs for nursing programs, but not for PA. A very good friend of mine had dinner with me last night. She is an excellent ER tech with many years of experience. She would make a great PA. we have discussed this many times. She would love to be a PA and would be good at it. The hospital will reimburse her for any pre-nurse or nursing school coursework, but not for pre-pa or pa. For this reason our profession will likely miss out on an excellent candidate. I am not upset with the nursing world for having their act together and supporting their future members, I am upset that hospital administration does not respect and support a desire of one of their current workers to become a PA. I have done the admin thing before and have no desire to do it again(at least outside of a disaster team setting), but there must be folks who enjoy this sort of work who could get themselves on to hospital boards, etc. It is a sad state of affairs that only 1 major hospital system in my area(a large metro area in the pacific nw) has a position of lead PA. In truth, he does not even work for the hospital, but for the major group which staffs all of this organization's facilities.

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Not sure of that employers policy but the places I've worked that have paid for education (which did include PA actually) required you to maintain part time work status and commit to 2 years of employment with them after you completed your degree in your new position.

I had no idea how any PA student would be able to take advantage (they didn't pay for pre-PA/pre-req type courses) considering most programs prohibit working (or limit it) and my job at the time could not reasonably accommodate me transitioning to part time- granted an ED tech may be able to make it happen.  Nursing on the other hand, much easier to flex shifts, work 10s or 12s etc etc.  Easier to stay part time while taking courses.  Part of that was also a push by the hospital to get everyone BSN/RN certified (and do away with any of the less experienced nurse certs (LPN etc)).

I'm not saying it's right.  Would be nice if there weren't so many strings attached to tuition reimbursement in general (but I get why there are).

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11 hours ago, MedicinePower said:

There is some overlap between RN pre-reqs and PA pre-reqs (A&P 1 and 2 with lab, microbiology with lab, some psych classes) so why not do those for free and then pay for the rest at a local inexpensive community college like the rest of us do?

Another friend of mine did just that and strung the hospital along for as long as possible taking "nursing prereqs" like english, math, etc, but when she got into more serious coursework that was obviously premed/pre-pa they stopped paying.

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My hospital system reimburses similarly to the one @MT2PA mentioned:

$2k/year for any courses with no commitment

$3k/year for certain “hard to hire” position (rad tech, etc.) with a two-year post-grad commitment

$5325/year to current nursing students with a two-year post-grad commitment

Regardless of the track, the student-employee must work 24 hours/week

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1 hour ago, kidpresentable said:

My hospital system reimburses similarly to the one @MT2PA mentioned:

$2k/year for any courses with no commitment

$3k/year for certain “hard to hire” position (rad tech, etc.) with a two-year post-grad commitment

$5325/year to current nursing students with a two-year post-grad commitment

Regardless of the track, the student-employee must work 24 hours/week

Rad Tech is hard to hire? our hospital has so many rad techs they dont even pay for full time employees, just a bunch of part time ppl willing to take what they can get 

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