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Hi all! I need some advice. I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. I have a BA in psychology, and an AAS in Occupational Therapy. I work in acute care and in-patient rehab, and have really enjoyed working alongside MD's and PA's. I have recently began researching what a career shift to PA would be like. I am realizing how much I am interested in the medical side of things and could see myself enjoying a career as a PA. Here's my dilemma: I would need to take chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, and genetics to fulfill the pre-req requirements. The community college in my area doesn't seem to offer these courses online (which is what I need since I work full-time)... and they don't offer a genetics course at all. Did anyone take these courses online, and if so, where did you take them? Also, I'm 26, and I feel like I'm a little late to the party. Can anyone that took a non-traditional route to becoming a PA maybe send some encouragement my way? I feel the career shift would be worth it... but it seems like it's going to be a very long journey before I get the school; especially considering most people don't even get in on their first try! Thanks 

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Yes, you can definitely take them online. Simple google search you'll find tons of schools offering those online classes. Personally, I'd try to limit the amount of online science classes you take and search for nearby universities that offer those courses. But to answer your second question, heck no you're not too late. Honestly, with your patient care experience as an OTA you can become a much stronger PA than those of us with much more basic experience.

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