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what does it cost to become an NP vs PA?

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It’s way cheaper. NP is about half the credit hours, all part time allowing you to work, and online so you don’t have to move.not including interest saved, about half the cost.

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5 hours ago, LT_Oneal_PAC said:

It’s way cheaper. NP is about half the credit hours, all part time allowing you to work, and online so you don’t have to move.not including interest saved, about half the cost.

True. 

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9 hours ago, TWR said:

I suspect PA's pay a lot more to become a PA than NP's do???

As you are aware, these are fairly diverse groups who come to health care from a variety of different backgrounds, so a carefully designed definition of "cost" might be needed.  However, overall, broadly speaking, the big average - PAs probably do pay more and PAs generally receive a more condensed education that directly generates a PA.  I suspect that astute students of either profession can make certain choices that significantly reduce or significantly inflate the expense of pursuing either profession.

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Infinitely more expensive to become a PA.  The number one reason being...You can work virtually full-time and go to online NP school.  I have worked with multiple RN's who have done exactly that.

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NP programs are cheaper, plus nurses can work concurrently more easily and get tuition assistance for their NP and BSN programs from the hospital for which they work. There is some financial support out there for PA and undergrad programs, but it seems like most PA new grads still come out with a good amount of undergrad and graduate school debt.

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many Nurses advance through the good graces of their hospital system

"the hospital pays for the degree while you work"

 

so they might be getting FREE

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5 hours ago, ventana said:

many Nurses advance through the good graces of their hospital system

"the hospital pays for the degree while you work"

 

so they might be getting FREE

True. Forgot about this. Had the first couple semesters of the MSN I started on paid for by the university tuition assistance.

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It is significantly cheaper for NPs.  One of the local PA programs is >$100,000 for the program.  And it is not even a big name.  Very few NP programs have tuitions anywhere close to that.  Plus, the reasons stated above.  I was able to pay off all debt within 6 months of starting my first NP job, without changing my standards of living.  The hospital system where I worked as a RN gave me 25% off tuition.  I dropped to "casual" so couldn't even take advantage of their tuition reimbursement.  

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