I've considered NP school, and, after talking with several NPs who work in academics I was very disappointed to hear that PA's make more $$ than NPs. Especially since many NPs have years of nursing experience which I would think puts them at an advantage in advanced practice. And to think that an MA can go right into a PA program and make more $$ coming out? Or a secretary can go into PA school ( I know 2 secretaries/unit coordinators them from my work who had no patient care experience and got into renowned PA programs). And these people are writing prescriptions within 2 years? What have all of you heard about the pay? I think its ridiculous and if anything, NPs should be in the higher pay bracket. I'm not here to bash PAs, but if this is true it feels like a slap in the face for nursing. I'm curious, what have you heard about the pay? Does this matter, for me, it would.
If you would like more info on the pay of PA's they have their own forum too. I have browse to it many times and heard the pay ranges from 20-50 dollars an hour. It all depends where you work. ER,Surgery they make closer to 50$.
I can understand your frustration but I do know a friend that is a Pa and the education they get is amazing. Is like a mini med school. They do from dissecting cadavers to residency and all the prereq. classes they need is the same for medical school. They learn tons from that. Not that NP's aren't as knowledgeable but I wish they got this type fo schooling too. THeir schooling is more medical based. I believe both are very knowledgeable mid level practitioners but NP do not make that much more than an RN. I hear is about 10 more a yr. Good luck with your decision.
Last edit by traumaRUs on May 3, '07
: Reason: Edited out website.