A crazy idea
Posted on October 1st, 2012
I have two crazy ideas for my professional future. (By crazy, I mean a sharp deviation from what my work history would indicate I ought to do.) One is secret for now. The other is…
…well, very different.
Yesterday I spent time looking at what it would take to become a physician’s assistant (PA). It’s a 26-month master’s degree at the university in town.
Why? Well, employability. The estimated need for PAs skyrockets by 2020 and hits low earth orbit in 2030. The average salary now is $86K. (Statistic NOT provided by the school.)
And the reality is, at least academically, I wouldn’t have much to do to get ready. Because of my university minor and the other science classes I took, I’d only need four classes: microbiology with lab, statistics, and then re-take two semesters of anatomy and physiology, because it’s been more than 7 years since I took A&P in undergrad.
There are two hangups. Another requirement, at least for the school here (which is a good one, unlike my law school), is a year’s worth (2000 hours) of experience of patient care/health care experience (but direct patient care being the most competitive). I have no idea how I’d get that, at least not now. Because, you know, I’m a lawyer, not a health care worker.
The other hang up is money. The school in town — the state school — estimates tuition for the program at $78K. The state school.
I find it really funny I would need to completely change careers in order to pay off my law school loans. Funny-ironic, not funny-amusing.
I don’t find it funny at all that the chances I could finance that career change are pretty much zero.