i was just checking out the requirements for uc davis school of medicine for physicians assistant and comparing it to their family nurse practitioner master's program and i noticed there's a big difference. i once heard that pas are one step below doctors (just read about it, not sure if that is true. i neither take that statement as true or false.). to get into the pa program according to this guide, all you needed was an associate degree (did not list in what) and 60 units to apply and take the certificate program. for the fnp-msn track you had not only to have your bsn but take the gre as well. this seems a little strange to me considering the previous statement. i expected the msn to be difficult but i am wondering why the pa program isn't more difficult than listed to get into (compared to msn, if they really are "one step below doctors"). i got this guide from my local cc and have yet to talk to a counselour about it. but i was wondering:
can anybody tell me more about pa what the are/do compared to nurses?
what is the salaries of pa compared to np? (i'm not in it for the money, just curious how they stack up to each other)
is pa considered a stable and "safe" career to get into now like nursing is supposed to be?
i read a little bit about pa on here but i am curious as to the specific roles they play in hospitals and other facilities as compared to nurses.