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I am comparing PA and CAA programs and would really appreciate any feedback regarding salary and student debt. I am 29 years old, a mom and a non traditional applicant. I practice as a dental hygienist and make roughly $87,000 a year without any student debt. I have my undergrad and almost all of my prerequisites (I was planning to go to dental school but the debt is not worth it).

Dentistry is very monotonous, hard on the body and lacks opportunity for growth or advancement. I am 7 years in and went back for my undergrad early on to pursue PA school but it did not seem worth it. Now I realize I cannot continue with dentistry for the length of my career. 

Luckily, my husband would support us while I am in grad school but money would be very tight. CAA's can practice in the state of Florida and the debt to income ratio is a no brainer (upwards of $200k/year). However, I feel that I have a passion to pursue physician assistant I'm just scared that the ROI is not worth it. Yes, I know it is not all about money. However, I cannot justify putting myself through all of this to break even with debt.  Can anyone tell my their personal experience? 


Thanks so much!!

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