In class, we usually ask each other, why are you taking this class? What do you hope to become? The person behind me said a PA. Curious, I asked, “why are you taking this class?” He said, “I take the same classes as nursing prerequisites, except I need 1000 clinical hours.” Interested further, I spent half the day researching programs for a Physician’s Assistant.
After some initial research, I am inclined to think a Physician Assistant might be better suited for me, rather than a Nurse Practitioner.
Each PA program has a different set of pre-req’s… Foothill College and Stanford’s joint program have the same pre-req’s as most nursing programs, but an additional 3000 clinic hours, which equates to one year and half full time of work/volunteer before you can apply. Although terrifying, I am warming up to this idea. Direct patient care experience can be beneficial before deciding if this is the career path for you. I can’t say with any confidence, I really know what a nurse does, or if I am on the right track. Direct patience exposure, working with under-served, low income communities, full time, might help me decide.