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Danielle St. Pierre
Have you ever considered becoming a Nurse Practitioner? It is similar to PA but there are differences. I would strongly recommend that you explore that option before switching from nursing major. A NP would require a master's degree for entry level.
Shane Eugene Mass
Hello! This is a great question and will have a major impact for your future, so give it some considerable thought and investigation.
I believe you need to elaborate on your interest more before anyone could remotely come close to what it is you would want out of your career. I would be interested in knowing what your current interest are and what your long term interest or goals may be. What I mean is, If your interested in Medicine, treating patients, or may the Emergency Room or ICU? Asking these questions (why do I want to be in Medcine?) will steer you in the right direction as to how you can match what you need to do now with what you would like to do later.
Let's start by ruling out what I believe will not be a good choice for a Pre-PA major. First, don't pick a major that's going to way over technical for your career path. An example of this would be some rare degree microneurobioanatomical physiology. This is not going to impress anyone, not going to get you extra brownie points and, unless you absolutely love a field such as that, you may not enjoy it so much. Long story short, don't try to impress anyone with some highly technical scientific degree. Second, Don't major in something that's going to bore you. Third, don't pick anything you don't think you be good at. Fourth, don't select something non-relevant to the medical field (business for example).
Here are some pointers to steer your thought process. Do call your schools you are considering to attend for PA school and ask the academic advisor what majors they see most of, what one's they believe to be most interesting or successful and why. Also ask them if there are any strong recommendations for a particular major that would or may be required by the school now or in the future. You can select the standard cookie cutter major for a PA, which is Anatomy, Biology, chemistry or microbiology. Not to say these are not good majors (they are). Earlier I mentioned the question, "why do you want to be in medicine?". Reason why this will help is because, lets assume your interested in the human behavior. Then you may want to major in Psychology or Clinical Psychology or maybe Sociology. Maybe your very interested in sports, then a major in Nutrition or Sport physiology would be better suited for you.
Remember, give serious consideration to what it is you want, not want will be impressive to others. Being a PA is impressive enough and you will owe it to yourself to enjoy your major and put it to good use. Make the right choice no and you will flourish for years to come in your career!
Hope this helps!
I am a PA, and I was formerly a paramedic. I have been happy with the decision to become a PA. I would suggest continuing with your nursing degree and looking at the NP option as well. The scope of practice is similar, and in some states I would say it is better to be an NP than a PA. PAs, however, will make more money (on average) and you will find them in more specialty fields. Before you decide, go shadow at a few locations and most of all, study hard, keep the GPA up and don't change your major until you've decided what is best. Almost all PA/NP programs are very competitive and indecision or poor grades will get you passed over, or at least get you some very pointed questions in an admission interview.