This is such a great comparison. I have applied twice to PA school, had two interviews and was turned down/wait listed by both schools. I can't tell you how many people I interviewed with who were the young,just graduated, typical premed student. I'm 30 and have two friends who had very minimal to no hands on patient experience who just got into PA school on their first round.
I recently found out about direct entry MSN/NP programs that I will be applying to this year. If this avenue doesn't work out I will most likely pursue my BSN to eventually pursue an NP education.
Good luck in your endeavours and thank you for your genuine comments!