tyshak32 Posted February 27, 2019 Share Posted February 27, 2019 have a bit of a career dilemma that I was hoping you could help provide info on. The question I have is will joining the police academy hurt my chances at becoming a PA in the near future? Essentially I was going to apply to PA school this coming fall but was offered a job as a police officer starting in April. I was wondering if I by taking this job it would hurt my chances to make it into PA school this coming fall or any of the following application cycles. I have completed my pre-requisites and have over 2000 hours of paid clinical experience. My GPA is good enough but is not great, so my strongest part of my application is definitely my work experience. The reasons I would take the job is because I think I would be happy and satisfied as a police officer and would love to help the community. Many of the reasons I would make a good PA and would love to be a PA are the same reasons for being a cop. The downsides would also be similar. I feel PA admissions can either see this as a lack of commitment to the medical field and would negatively dock me and what is the strongest part of my application. Plus it would also greatly reduce my time to study for GRE and reduce my hours of medical experience that I could gain as MAX I would have time to volunteer once a week at a hospital. OR They could see it as a positive as it is a job that serves the community, works with people who are in a difficult situation, and are compassionate. I am very nervous of turning down a sure thing and a very secure job that I might really enjoy, for my best chance to get into PA school. I unfortunately have to decide before April and if I turn down the job I will not get hired by this department in the future. Thank you for your advice, Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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