Re: Pa School Or Np???
That all depends. In many cases you don't need your RN to become an NP. Many universities have "Entry Level" programs, and since you already have a Bachelor's you could enroll in one of these programs. They are generally 3 years long.
For PA, you should have a good chunk of hands on patient care experience, as most of the programs require it. A year at a minimum. There are also heavier pre-reqs in the sciences that are required to go the PA route.
The question of which profession to pursue really is up to you. NP and PA education are quite different (Medical model for the PA, Nursing model for the NP), have different clinical requirements, etc. The practice of each is even somewhat different, unless you want to go into family medicine where they might be similar in scope. If you want to do surgery, PA is the way to go, for example
So, a lot of it depends upon what you want to do in terms of practice. The roles have many similarities, but also many differences.
Hope that helped
Last edited by cabikerchick; 01-26-2008 at 06:26 PM.