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Hi,

Those of you that had allied health licences/ certification before going into PA school (radiology ultrasound, RN, etc) did you maintain it through PA school or after?

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I still have my social work license. Not really sure why?  A combo of nostalgia and fear of I might need it someday I guess. 

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I was a respiratory therapist in my past life.  I still maintain my certification/license.  Figured it took time/money to complete the program  and it could still be valuable if I needed to return to work in this area or to change specialties to pulmonary.

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I was an ultrasonographer prior to PA school.   I worked as a sonographer during the didactic portion of my program, and performed ultrasound exams as a PA while working in Ob/Gyn and cardiology.  I have kept the certification.

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I was an EMT, I got it at 18.  I let it go, but miss having it for nostalgia reasons.  If things were bad for me and I lost my PA-C, I would probably NOT go back to being an EMT.  Bad pay, heavy lifting, bad hours, bad pay, and I am old now.  

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15 hours ago, ohiovolffemtp said:

I've kept my FF and paramedic certifications/licenses as I still am a volunteer for my local FD.

Most importantly, you get to keep your screen name. I guess you can't move, either ?

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I just retired my national RD certification and state  dietitian certification.  I kept it for the 14 years since I became a PA.  I finally decided I will not go back to being a dietitian and since I'm nearing retirement, there was no point to keep paying the fees and taking the continuing education required to keep my registration active.   No regrets but I did slightly recoil at the strongly worded letter I got from the Commission on Dietetic Registration about surrendering my credentials and the warnings to not practice as  a dietitian now that I retired the credential.   Jeesh…….I still counsel my patients on their eating habits and nutrition but don't tell them I'm a dietitian. 

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On 10/16/2018 at 5:37 PM, fishbum said:

Most importantly, you get to keep your screen name. I guess you can't move, either ?

Yep - I've told my wife that the next time I move I'll be carried by 6.  Still trying to talk her into letting me establish a family plot on the back of the property.

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On 10/15/2018 at 2:14 PM, jennelise said:

I still have my social work license. Not really sure why?  A combo of nostalgia and fear of I might need it someday I guess. 

I've kept my social work license too. It's nice to have on the rare occasion I have to detail some psychiatric issue that is outside the scope of my usual PA job. I can also see myself transitioning into a psych PA job towards the end of my career and that would be helpful.

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