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Nurse practitioner vs Physician assistant

This year is my last year in high school. The pressure is on to decide on my future career and my course of action in perusing that job. #medicine #doctor #healthcare #hospital-and-health-care #hospital-and-health-care I’ve always wanted to become and Ob gyn doctor. Recently i’ve been doing some research and learned about Np’s and Pa’s who can specialize in women’s health and are almost like doctors. However I don’t understand the difference between what their scope of practice are and the schooling required. My plan was to major in chemistry while taking pre med courses for my undergraduate degree then going into a Pa or Np Program. But I don’t know if taking pre med would be the right choice if i wanted to go into either of those careers.
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Hwal’s Answer

Laviniea,

I'm a current PA student, so feel I can help you with some questions. PAs practice medicine in all medical specialties including OB/GYN, so you could certainly pursue the PA path. Take a look at this link from the American Academy of PAs on steps to become a PA: https://www.aapa.org/news-central/2018/08/6-steps-become-pa/

You could certainly major in chemistry, and not necessarily premed, to qualify to apply to PA programs. In fact, you can major in anything as long as you take all prerequisites courses for the program(s) you want to apply to. Let me know if you have any questions.

Good luck!

Hwal

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Estelle’s Answer

Ob/Gyn doctors deliver babies and perform surgeries along with routine office exams that may include screening for infections and prescribing birth control. I employ 2 nurse practitioners that see uncomplicated annual exams. If patients have problems or need surgery, they then see me. Our system allows us to take care of more patients and funnel problems to the doctor. Routine care is provided by the NP's. Medical school requires 4 yrs college, 4 yrs medical school then 4 yrs residency training.
Nurse practitioners obtained their registered nursing license then go on to get an NP certification (usually 2 more yrs).
PA's go to college for 2 yrs then PA school for 2 yrs.
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