Has anyone out there become a Physicians Assistant (PA) after being a Registered Nurse (RN)?
I am a single guy (35) and I have been thinking about becoming a PA. Problem is I can't go to school while working my current job (M-F, 9a-5p). And I can't just quit and become a student (mortgage and bills). So I have to find a way to accomplish as much as I can before leaving my current job to transition into a new paying career.
I thought I could take night classes to become a RN (which are available, PA programs are days only), change careers and work as an RN, then go to PA school. This will also allow me to gain the many hours of field experience needed as a pre-req for PA school.
Is this a good idea? Is there a better route? Would this give me any advantage/disadvantage to get nursing experience on my way to becoming a PA? Any thoughts?
FYI, I am also currently certified as an EMT in CT (not my current job).
Any and all help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!