Army RN to Army PA?

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    I am currently in the process of getting my application in to the Army Reserves as an RN. I had every intention to continue my schooling and become an NP once I was established in the military. However, further research has guided me down the path of looking into the PA school the military offers. I am wondering if this transition is possible. Can you be a commissioned officer in the nursing corps and apply for the PA program?
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    Quote from Need4Speed305
    I am currently in the process of getting my application in to the Army Reserves as an RN. I had every intention to continue my schooling and become an NP once I was established in the military. However, further research has guided me down the path of looking into the PA school the military offers. I am wondering if this transition is possible. Can you be a commissioned officer in the nursing corps and apply for the PA program?
    I am not sure if the Army will allow nurses to apply for this program, but you can always ask. Here is the link for the PA program. http://www.usarec.army.mil/armypa/applicationusar.shtml
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    I thought the PAs were warrant officers. While difficult, I do not believe it is forbidden to take a demotion, but I don't know of any who have gone that route on purpose. All the demoted people I met were rifted officers who accepted the demotion so they could serve out their time to retirement.
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    Quote from caliotter3
    I thought the PAs were warrant officers. While difficult, I do not believe it is forbidden to take a demotion, but I don't know of any who have gone that route on purpose. All the demoted people I met were rifted officers who accepted the demotion so they could serve out their time to retirement.
    PA are officers with Masters degrees. The USAF doesn't offer this option to AF nurses, but I am not sure about the Army. I would think they would encourage you to attend the FNP program at USUSH through their graduate training program.
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    When I was in the Army the PAs I met were warrant officers. Perhaps that has changed.
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    Quote from caliotter3
    When I was in the Army the PAs I met were warrant officers. Perhaps that has changed.
    Qualifications:

    To become a physician assistant in the Army, you must:

    be a US citizen.
    be at least 21 years of age and less than 48 years of age (age waivers may be considered for applicants with prior military service).
    hold at least a bachelor's degree.
    be a graduate of a training program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).
    have current certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
    be employed as a physician assistant if you completed your PA training more than one year ago.
    successfully complete a security investigation.
    be able to pass an English Comprehension Level Test (ECLT) if English is your second language.
    meet the prescribed professional, physical and ethical standards for appointment as an Army commissioned officer.

    Military PAs have been commissioned officers for 10+yrs as far as I know. They probably switched from being warrant officers when they went from being only required to have certificates to having to have Bachelor degrees, and now the military trained PAs graduate with their Masters.
    Last edit by wtbcrna on Dec 3, '11
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    Quote from caliotter3
    When I was in the Army the PAs I met were warrant officers. Perhaps that has changed.
    All the Army PAs I work with (and there are a lot, oh my!) are commissioned officers. My buddy at officer basic who was basically a new PA came in as a 1LT and should pin on CPT this spring. This must have changed since your time in the service, caliotter.
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    Thanks for the update wtb. A lot happens in 20 years.
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    Quote from caliotter3
    Thanks for the update wtb. A lot happens in 20 years.
    Just in my short time in the AF the PAs have went from starting out as 2Lt to 1Lt. Things are always changing in the military. I have to watch what I tell nurses wanting to come in the military anymore, because so many things have changed just since I entered the military.
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    Army Nurses can apply for the PA program. If they are picked up for the program the Nurse Corps has to release them to allow them to attend the course. All PA's in the military are now officers, back in the day they were Warrant Officers in the Army & Navy.


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