It is smart. A lot of people like becoming a nurse practitioner because you can work as a nurse while you are going back to school to be a nurse practitioner and still get some experience under your belt. Another option is also to become a physician’s assistant. They usually get an undergraduate degree in a related field and then go back to become a physician’s assistant. Just a few things to think about.
Kimberly, I would say it depends on the reasons you pursue one over the other, as well as at which point you make the switch. If you are, for example, a high school student and still unsure about which path to pursue, it would be helpful to think about your personal reasons to pursue or not pursue medicine vs. nursing.
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