Originally Posted by Addie
At one time it was the hospitals that had nursing schools. It was a three year course.Today it is universities and colleges and it takes four years. More book learning, more diseases, more difficult surgeries, more difficult procedures. And the big one. More paper work and computer courses.
Any part of the medical field is more difficult to enter. To become a paramedic you have to go to EMS school first. That is basically learning first aid. Get a job as EMS and work for about one year. Then you can apply for paramedic school. That is any where of 18 months to 2.5 or 3 years. Then if you want to continue on to PA, you have to have so many years under your belt as an active paramedic and a BS or Masters degree. No wonder there is a shortage of nurses and doctors.
This isn't the case everywhere. The primary hospital system and the community college here teach LPNs and RNs; they can go on to get bachelor's, master's and PhDs in nursing at a university, but they don't have to. Nurses specialize like doctors do, so they don't have extensive training in every specialty.
Also, here you don't have to be an EMS or paramedic to become a PA. In fact, I don't understand that reasoning. Most PA jobs aren't in emergency, so why would that training and experience be a prerequisite?
The medical school where I used to work offers a Master of Physician Assistant program. You need a bachelor's degree to get in, but it doesn't have to be in a medical field.