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Hi,<br><br>
I was reading an article in the Boston Globe this morning about the 30 highest growth careers, and PA was listed. I was honestly surprised at how well it pays! I've been thinking about making a career change, tell me about being a PA, please!<br><br>
I'd really like to work part time - is this common or accepted in the field?<br><br>
How is the stress? (I'm currently a teacher, a pretty high stress job.)<br><br>
How well does PAing fit with your family?<br><br>
What do you like about it?<br>
Thanks!
 

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I'm not a PA, but we live in an area with more and more of them. Many, many work PT. The one I see regularly said that she loves it because now that she has kids, she's changed to 3 days/week, and they're pretty much 9-5 days. I don't know if it's like that everywhere. I love this office because it's so efficient, so it may be an anomaly.
 

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I really don't know much about this. But the mom of one of my DD's friends is a PA. She works with a family practice and works maybe 20-30 hours a week. It seems to be very family friendly from what I've seen.
 

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My husband, currently a SAHD, is working on applying to PA school. We both think it's a great career choice -- you get way more patient contact than doctors because you have less responsibilities for administrative stuff and also get a lot more flexibility. There's great growth, and school is less expensive and if you want to in many states you can work independently in your own practice with minimal oversight by an MD. DH wants to combine some acupuncture training and naturopathic training with a specialty in pediatrics and be a crunchy doc for kids.<br><br>
To be a competitive candidate you do need to have a pretty substantial number of patient contact hours and good science grades and pre-reqs. They also apparently like it if you've done some shadowing. The school is full time for 2 years leading to a master's degree, which works well for adults who don't want to have to piss around during a "summer off", but it does require clinical rotations which might be away from home depending on what is available where you go to school.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DH wants to combine some acupuncture training and naturopathic training with a specialty in pediatrics and be a crunchy doc for kids.<br><br><b>Cool. Can he come practice around my way? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></b><br><br>
To be a competitive candidate you do need to have a pretty substantial number of patient contact hours and good science grades and pre-reqs. They also apparently like it if you've done some shadowing. The school is full time for 2 years leading to a master's degree, which works well for adults who don't want to have to piss around during a "summer off", but it does require clinical rotations which might be away from home depending on what is available where you go to school.</div>
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Interesting. They'd like you to have patient contact hours before you begin the program? That would suggest they're trying to recruit people already working in health care, I guess. I'd need to make up some undergrad science courses, but that's not a problem because there is a state U. in my town.<br><br>
Oy. I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for, I just want to have more flexibility in my schedule while still earning a fair income for the work I do. The U. here has a nursing program, but not a PA one. I'd also thought of working towards becoming an LNP. Any reason why your wasn't interested in doing that?
 

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My sil is a PA. She works way too many hours and she has had a ton of problems at her current job. However it sounds like the doctors that hired her have some issues. She has friends that she went through PA school with that love their jobs, work 40 hours a week and get paid the same as she does for like 60 hours a week. (she is leaving soon). It sounds like the job varies widely depending on the practice you work in, if you work in the hospital and what specialty you are in.<br><br>
She was an EMT before she applied to PA school. Her program required so many hours of patient experience before admission. You can look at the requirements of individual programs. She had a BS in biology when she applied to PA school also. Her program was a little over 2 years. The first year she did course work at the school and the second year she rotated through different specialties being at each 6 weeks to 12 weeks. She did travel to different states for her rotations but I don't think that was required, just what she did. She graduated not quite 2 years ago.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Interesting. They'd like you to have patient contact hours before you begin the program? That would suggest they're trying to recruit people already working in health care, I guess. I'd need to make up some undergrad science courses, but that's not a problem because there is a state U. in my town.<br><br>
Oy. I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for, I just want to have more flexibility in my schedule while still earning a fair income for the work I do. The U. here has a nursing program, but not a PA one. I'd also thought of working towards becoming an LNP. Any reason why your wasn't interested in doing that?</div>
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He's not going for the LNP because it would be more school and harder to have the same kind of practice.<br><br>
There are some schools that don't require patient contact hours. He's gunning specifically for our local Univeristy's program, which requires 1000 -- shouldn't be too hard to get since he's got two semesters of pre-reqs to manage, and he'll be able to work part time and volunteer to do them. We're also kicking around the idea of doing a service-learning program somewhere to kick-start that a bit. He has some health care experience, but it was more administrative (he worked in registration for a big hospital) and lab work.
 

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Oh! And I meant to add that there's a physician's assistant forum out there that you can find through googling. It's been a great resource for me and DH while we've been trying to sort out the application process and decide if it's for him (and our family) or not.
 

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Thanks again to everyone who replied, I have a much better understanding of the program now. Many things to think about!
 
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