14 years ago
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Associate of Science in Nursing or Bachelor's in Gerontology?

Well I'm still debating whether or not to attend a public university or private college but if I attend the private college (I'm leaning more towards this one) should I get into the nursing program? They DON'T have a regular BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree program. I've always wanted to be SOMETHING in the medical field at first it was a Psych. (But I found out the job outlook in my state was super low) then a nurse and now I want to become a Physician Assistant. You have to have a baccalaureate-level degree to get into the program at the private college. Should I go for 4 years to obtain a Bachelor's in Gerontology then move on to the Master's of Science in Physician Assistant studies or get my ASN (associate of science in Nursing), become an RN for one year maybe 2 (prerequisite to get into BSN program), and then go back for my BSN and MSPA (Physician Assistant degree)? I know this is confusing because I'm super confused! I was thinking it would be better to do it all at once but I'm scared that I won't find a job with just a BS in Gerontology. HELP PLEASE!
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14 years ago
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General career info: http://www.bls.gov/oco and can search 'registered nurses', 'physician assistants' or such. If really wanting to go into nursing, my instincts would say to go for the associate's in nursing so that perhaps one can make some money and possibly get tuition reimbursement from the facility that one is employed. If nursing tasks are really of no interest but instead PA tasks, obtaining a bachelor's in gerontology may be more conducive to your interests and goals. One must have a passion for what they do each day and week for so many months or years :) I would talk with the student advisor that offers both programs at a school to guide in one's decision. Please steer clear of those online, for-profit schools such as penn foster, capella, strayer, kaplan, devry, keiser, walden and others as they are merely out to 'make a profit': http://www.capellauniversitysucks.us http://www.ripoffreport.com and can type into search. US colleges: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ