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Considering becoming a P.A. [Sep. 26th, 2009|09:13 am]
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So I'm considering becoming a P.A. but I really don't understand the process. I'm a high school senior and I'm interested in the P.A. program at UF. Do I apply for the program? Or do I have to get a major in something first? I'm planning to take some of the pre-requisites at SJR-Community College since I am Dual-Enrolled. Please help.
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[User Picture]From: noxiouspanda
2009-09-26 05:35 pm (UTC)
What do you recommend? And thank you.
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[User Picture]From: kballgetlost
2009-09-26 06:11 pm (UTC)
There are a few avenues for someone in your position, but you'd have to apply to more schools. There are some 5 year programs (3+2) for high school students. Basically you apply and do 3 years undergrad with conditional acceptance into the schools PA program which is completed the last two years. Most of these lead to a masters.

Or you could do the 4 year bachelors in whatever field of study you want and then apply to PA schools for your masters. Either way I highly suggest getting healthcare experience. Take a CNA or EMT course and work while in undergrad.

My personal opinion...if I could have had the option to do it the 5 year way I would have but I was not aware of the PA profession until after I was already halfway through undergrad. It still allows you plenty of time to get healthcare experience but it speeds up the process of graduating a bit quicker. Be prepared to work hard though! Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: breakfastfox
2009-09-27 02:26 am (UTC)
Another option if you don't mind moving is to look for schools with B.S. PA programs. Either way, the majority of the schools require a certain amount of paid clinical experience. Best thing to do is - like others have stated on here - to accrue as much experience as you can while you're working on the prerequisites for entry. That experience not only makes you a more competitive candidate, but it's also invaluable for the career itself.
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