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Not SAIF Related, Looking for Job/School Advice

So I am having a bit of a quarter life crisis (I don't think I am old enough for a mid-life crisis yet!). All of the sudden I have an itch to go back to school. I am currently a certified pharmacy technician, and my pharmacist has been harassing me to go to pharmacy school. I have looked into it but I am not really sure that is what I would like to do. I know that I like the healthcare field and I love helping patients. So about 2 weeks ago I got the idea of going to school for a Physicians Assistant. And now I am kind of obsessed. I really want to do it but I would need to take some pre-req classes first. I have a BS in Biology but I never did take Human Anat and Phys or a couple other classes that you do need to have under your belt before applying. Is this just a crazy idea to think about going into a program for something like that while trying to have #2 and taking care of another toddler at home? 

I am thinking long-term a PA job would be ia good life choice it seems to be an in demand profession, and the pay is pretty nice! I just wonder if I am bat-sh*t crazy to think about doing something like this. Most people that I have brought it up to seem to think so....
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Re: Not SAIF Related, Looking for Job/School Advice

  • I personally don't think I could get through PA school with a lo and possibly one on the way (and then 2 lo's...). I have a friend in PA school right now and it's intense! I don't want to be discouraging at all, but I sorta think its crazy talk ;)

    You would need A&P 1&2 and possibly some psyc (depending on what already have) for pretty much anything health care related. If you're not ready to jump into a full program, you could always take A&P and get it out of the way now.

    What about an RN? Since you already have a BS, look into accelerated programs that will give you BS in nursing. As an RN, you can work in a hundred different areas and it would allow you flexibility to find a job that best suits your family's needs.
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  • I don't think it's crazy as long as you and your family plan for it! My sister just graduated with her PA degree and while it is busy, she had many fellow students who had families. Definitely not impossible and good job for wanting to further your education!

    My husband is working on his doctorate and toys with the idea of medical school when he's done. It is exhausting to think about bc he's basically been a student of some sore since we met six yrs ago (dropped out of college and then went back for bachelors, etc) and I've been the sole breadwinner, but I can't stand to be the reason that holds him back from what is essentially his dream. Would it be easy with a kid or two? Nope. Would he maybe have to live away from us at times? Yeah. Would the payoff for his happiness and our financial security be worth it for a few years of struggle? Maybe.

    Think long term and talk about all the possibilities. Good luck!!! :)
    Eve_Angelique
  • I'm firmly of the belief that you can do whatever you set your mind too. If that's what you want to do, DO IT! :) Make sure you have a plan, but no regrets. It will be an exciting yet stressful time but at least you won't think "what if" if you don't do it.

    A very wise woman whose career advancement, etc I admire once told me she knew she couldn't be the greatest mother in the world and have a stellar career. But if she gave 90% effort into being a mom and 90% to being a businesswoman she could do pretty damn good at both. And she did.

    Good luck in your decision!
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  • Thanks for the kind words, I know that it would be insanity for a couple years through school, but I think the rewards would be worth it! I am definitely doing lots of research and plan to shadow a PA to get a better feel for what the job is really like. So we shall see where this all leads me!
    TTC since August 2009
    Clomid for 6 cycles starting August 2010- O but no BFP
    SA Septemeber 2010 Looking good 
    HSG September 2010 All clear 
    1st RE visit May 2011 - IUI#1 June 20, 2011: BFN
    IUI #2 July 31 2011: BFP - m/c @ 5w1d
    Surprise BFP on a break cycle 10/4/11, Due June 4, 2012, Born 6/9/2012
    TTC Blog
    TTC#2 : Cycles 1-3 Protocol 1500mg Metformin Daily, Femara + Ovidrel, Progresterone support 
    HSG#2 November 2013 All clear
    Cycle 4 Metformin, Femara, Bravelle, Ovidrel, Progesterone = BFP
    Little Lady Born 8/28/2014
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  • Best of luck with your decision! (I hope I didn't come across as negative in my response :) )
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    Me:33 Type 1 Diabetes, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Hypothyroid DH:34 Perfect
    DX: Unexplained IF
    Many IUI's with various meds all BFFN
    IVF #1 11/11 canceled due to OHSS
    IVF #2 Feb/March 2012 ET of 2 on day 3 4/7 BFP! 5/1 u/s blighted ovum
    IVF #3 July 2012 ET of 3 on day 3 7/24 BFP!
    Healthy baby girl born at 36w4d on 3/9/13
    Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker
    TTC #2
    IVF #4 May/June 2014 ER 6/4 18R 8M 8F ET 6/9 1 blast, 2 frosties
    Beta 6/18 BFFN

    FET of 2 blasts 7/24...BFP!
    Healthy baby girl born at 36w3d on 3/17/15

    Eve_Angelique
  • You might also want to talk to some pa schools near you. Years ago when I was applying it was VERY, VERY competitive to get in. Like, less than 10% of applicants got in. Just another thing to consider.
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