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Going to PA school as a nurse

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by Piano-CelloRN Piano-CelloRN (Member) Member

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Hi all! I am currently an Pediatric Hemonc RN in Florida. I am really considering to advance my practice, however, I am exploring a different track other than being an NP, which is becoming a PA.

I know, I am an RN, and people say the best route is to go to NP school. I have couple friends that are going to DNP school, and to be honest, I am not excited with the curriculum that most DNP program offers (1-2 years in theory/writing assignments, and 1 year of clinical). That is why as of now, I am more inclined to do PA program due to it being only 1 year of theory, and 1 year clinical.
Is there anyone here that goes to PA school from nursing? Or if anyone have any advice or tips to tackle this struggle?

Thank you!

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labordude has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in L&D, OBED, NICU, Lactation.

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There are plenty of people who go to PA school who used to be nurses. There are plenty of people who go to NP school, PharmD school, and yes even medical school. You may need to take additional prerequisite classes as you may not have done them in your nursing program. At the end of the day, it's about what is going to be best for your and your career, not what anyone else thinks about what you "should" do. Stop asking other people, shadow a PA and a decide if it's for you. If so, good luck!

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