NP or PA?

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    laleelalee
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    At times, I feel like I’m an absolute flake! I started out 2 1/2 yrs ago taking all my sciences post-bacc to apply to med school. During my final semester taking the last classes I would need to fulfill my pre-reqs, I realized (through much research, self-realization, discussion, etc.) that I did not want to make the sacrifices. So, I kept going full time this summer to finish up additional pre-reqs for PA school. I’m a single mom of a 9 yr old and I am afraid that during residency, I would not be able to be there as much as is necessary, although she’ll probably NOT want me there as much…all the more reason TO be there! :boggled: As the teenage yrs approach, kids need adult supervision EVEN MORE!!
    OK…to make a long story short…I’ve decided a career as a PA would be more suitable for me. I’ve applied to several PA masters programs. But, the competition is pretty fierce, so I’ve heard. Should I also consider NP programs? I’ve looked into several schools that offer an accelerated BSN for those who hold a BS in another field and then enroll in the NP (masters) curriculum. Both the NP and PA programs would take me about 3 yrs. It seems there are soooo many more opportunities and programs out there for nurses to obtain a wider range of education/training/certification, especially for the working adult. What do you think? I know that there are some differences in the two fields regarding their “philosophies”…just want some advice…thanks so much! 😀

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    maggie52maggie52
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    Apply to all the possible programs even if one doesn’t look as desirable as another; then you have more to pick from…my NP went to an accelerated program in Boston years ago (technically he got his RN but never practiced as one.)

    #26333
    9Lives9Lives
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    Hi, Lalee!

    I’m in the middle of my NP program right now and have decided to pursue my MD after I finish this program. You are not a flake! :goodvibes: Classes are either online or during extended weekends (approx. once a month from Thursday afternoon to Saturday afternoon). It allows me to live in my community and travel to Laramie once in awhile.

    As to why I am not content to be an NP . . . :boggled: well, as I said earlier, LIFE happens. 😉 My situation changed and now I have the opportunity to become a doctor. I’ve decided to go for it!!! Although being an NP would be a great alternative! Good luck to you! :crossfingers:

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