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B.S. Experimental Psych; age 48. PA??

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I just turned 48. I have a B.S. in Psychology. My work experience includes management, sales, franchise ownership. In 2017 I took CNA training and now work in home health. I have fallen in love with healthcare. I've just started investigating PA process. Am I too old? If not, what should my next step be? I'm sure there are some prerequisites that I need. Any advice?

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I love reading about people like you because I was one of you. I decided to go to PA school when I was 51 and took my prereqs over a 7 year period. I entered PA school at 58, graduated at 60 and still work at 72 (part-time now in clinic and part-time as a professor for a PA program). It has been the experience of a lifetime.

So it's doable. Shadow to make sure this is what you want. Get your prereqs (I did mine mostly in community college). Keep getting your experience as a CNA.

You will probably learn a lot about yourself along the way. You will discover that all that stuff you've learned since college is not lost. A good bit about being a PA is quickly building rapport with patients, which gets easier with age. 

Best of luck! This is doable (especially with the right family behind you).

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I mean if you're comfortable pursuing this pathway, then go for it! Just realize that you'll be one of the older applicants and the whole processing of even applying and getting accepted can take between 2-3 years on average, and then another year to start. You could potentially start as early as 51 and I know there's lots in this field around that age, as this field seems to attract older applicants anyways.

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Go for it!  Check out schools you are are interested in.  Some prereq's vary between schools. But basic pre-medical sciences. Bio, Chem including Organic, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, etc.  I am a current PA student.  I started school at 51 with one child also in college and another in high school. For me, God is completing the path He started for me many years ago.  I am currently finishing my didactic phase and start clinicals in May. It has been an amazing experience and I agree with 

On 2/12/2019 at 9:41 PM, UGoLong said:

You will probably learn a lot about yourself along the way.

 

Your future class will also benefit from your maturity and life experience.  Good Luck and go for it!

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