Pre-PA here. I was wondering if anyone has insight into the current and likely future job market in the DFW area, or into saturated markets for PA's in general. I would intend to live in the DFW area after graduation. I gather that due to the presence of two PA schools and 3 NP schools in the area that we are pretty saturated. I'm trying to understand what this means in terms of current and future benefits and salary.
I am a non-traditional applicant working a job with a good salary currently. I'm trying to justify foregoing 30 months of salary at my current job for school. According to data I saw, the average salary in the area is around $103,000. Is this likely to decline? Is it possible to make substantially more than this in the area with experience and ability? Are benefits like 401k match and PTO declining?
Thank you for your help!
I have written a blog post that may be of use to you. It describes, in detail, the steps I took to get credentialed/ready to work after graduating from PA school.
Steps to Take After Graduating from PA School
I need some advice in choosing a school. I have been fortunate enough to be accepted into two different programs. Let me start by saying that I am a non-traditional student. Where I go my husband and two kids will have to go too. The school I think may be better educationwise is not necessarily the one I think will be the best move for my family.
1A. Has cadaver lab
2A. Has simulation lab
3A. Been around since 1992
4A. 99% 5 year first time PANCE pass rate
5A. 27 months-12 months didactic-15months clinicals
6A. Area with higher cost of living
7A. area with awful traffic
8A. tuition of $107,000
1B. Has no cadaver lab
2B. Has no simulation lab
3B. Been around since 2005
4B. 100% 5 year first time PANCE pass rate
5B. 27 months-15 months didactic-12 months clinicals
6B. Area with lower cost of living
7B. Husband really wants to move there
8B. Tuition of $73,000
9B. Student to faculty ratio is 6:1
Should I be worried that school B doesn't have a cadaver or simulation lab? It does have a 100% 5 year first time PANCE pass rate. I am leaning more towards school B because it is $34,000 less and reason 7B. I think if my husband and kids enjoy living there they will give me more time to study. If I were a traditional student and didn't already have debt and a family to consider I think I would choose school A but 100k+ in grad loans plus debt from undergrad is nothing to take lightly.
Just wondering how many other schools do a Summative Week before graduation and how similar or different it is to ours at Penn State. I wrote a blog post describing my experience with Summative Week. Please feel free to share yours below.
Anyone had trouble qualifying to take the PANCE because proof of 'program completion' wasn't yet available? Does this hold things up?
Here is the situation:
I'll be completing my program requirements on December 18th (assuming all goes well!) and was told by the NCCPA people that I could take my exam as early as January 2nd. However, my program is telling me that I need to have documentation of said completion, and therefore the earliest I could schedule the PANCE would be mid-January.
Why am I in a hurry to take this test? - baby on the way, due early January, hoping (if I'm lucky) to take the test before life with a newborn.