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Question by zman79_99: EMT, Paramedic, Surgical Tech, EKG Tech, Medical Assistant education help for Physician Assistant School?
I need patient care hours for admittance into Physician Assistant School. I was talking to an adviser for the PA program, and I was told that I needed to get certified in something to get credited for my patient care hours.
I want to get this done ASAP so I can start PA school as soon as possible. Some ideas the adviser said were EMT, Paramedic, Surgical Tech, EKG Tech, Medical Assistant, and Nurse’s Aid.
A little background information on me is that I graduated with a B.S. in Biology, minor in Exercise Physiology, and a certified personal trainer(A.C.E.) I live just outside of Detroit, MI.
So I would appreciate if I could get some advice on what job I could get the quickest, and maybe some information on the program I would need to enter.
Answer by Diane A
The EKG, and nurses aid probably would not be very useful, compared to the others. Paramedic would be great but that’s a pretty long & intense course for something you don’t really want to do (and not fair to take a scare position from someone who wants to be a paramedic). Surg tech & MA would be useful given the skills (MA more so); EMT program is pretty light. on material learned & there are really no skills taught. From all these, I would recommend the MA.
Addendum: This person is trying to get into PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT school NOT nursing & not physical therapy. MA schooling affords the greatest skill set that a PA can use (and I KNOW what I am talking about here!!!!). The things a CNA does are just not that useful for PA school, sorry, but true, as a PA will not be doing much nursing skills A MA learns to draw blood, bandage, irrigate ears & eyes, set up sterile trays, take vital signs, give meds, give shots, TB tests, simple lab tests (Hgb & UA etc), remove sutures, set up suture trays & wound care, and much more. The CNA does not learn this stuff & this is what you would do more of as a PA.
Honestly what is with the thumbs down?? I am the only PA answering the question & I am giving my opinion based upon I went to PA school AND a PA residency! (BTW/I do draw blood & I do set up all my own trays)
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