Attending School Or Physician Assistant School

1345 Words Oct 19th, 2015 6 Pages
If you owed over fifty thousand dollars in loans what would you do? How would you pay for that? I plan to attend PA school or Physician Assistant School which is a twenty four to thirty month program, depending on the school you go to. In case you’re unsure of what a PA does the Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that Physician Assistant’s “Review patients’ medical histories, conduct physical exams to check patients’ health, order and interpret diagnostic tests, such as x rays or blood tests, make diagnoses concerning a patient’s injury or illness, give treatment, such as setting broken bones and immunizing patients, educate and counsel patients and their families—for example, answering questions about how to care for a child with asthma, prescribe medicine when needed, record a patient’s progress, research the latest treatments to ensure the quality of patient care, conduct or participate in outreach programs; and talking to groups about managing diseases and promoting wellness” (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm#tab-2).
This profession appeals to me in many aspects for many different reasons. I believe I will be more than satisfied with this career choice. Unfortunately however, becoming a PA is a long and expensive journey. In fact, according to a research article “The average total resident tuition for PAs has increased almost ninefold in 27 years, from around $6,000 in 1985 to more than $63,000 in 2012. The surge in health education costs is…
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