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Old 04-19-2009, 12:40 PM
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Default 68W & Physician Assistant school

I would like to join the Army and get an education. I am interested in becoming a Combat Medic (68W) and later becoming a Physician Assistant. I am a 20 year old female with one semester of college background, no medical. Most PA programs I have seen don't allow the person to have a job, so I'm thinking school during Active Duty wouldn't work. Maybe a school would make an exception if I were in the Reserves, fewer working hours, I duno. I would really love to serve Active Duty though. I am just brainstorming alot for now. Worrying mostly about school tuition. I haven't talked to a recruiter yet, and I'm in the process of moving, so I won't be talking to one for another two months. I thought I would run my thoughts through here and see what kind of feedback I get. Thanks

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Old 04-28-2009, 07:56 AM
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If you were to enlist in the Army you could get two benefits - There's a student loan repayment program & the Montgomery GI Bill that will pay you up to $50,000 towards your education when you leave active duty.

Meanwhile you'd be a trained Health Care Specialist with the possibility of getting into the M6 program. That trains you as an LPN. Then you can also put in for the PA program. The longer you remain on active duty the more opportunities you'll have.

Time to see a Recruiter to find out exactly what programs are available to you.

Try these links -

[url]http://usmilitary.about.com/od/enlistedjobs/a/68w.htm[/url]

[url]http://www.usarec.army.mil/armypa/[/url]

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Old 04-28-2009, 10:14 AM
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I would like to join the Army and get an education. I am interested in becoming a Combat Medic (68W) and later becoming a Physician Assistant. I am a 20 year old female with one semester of college background, no medical. Most PA programs I have seen don't allow the person to have a job, so I'm thinking school during Active Duty wouldn't work. Maybe a school would make an exception if I were in the Reserves, fewer working hours, I duno. I would really love to serve Active Duty though. I am just brainstorming alot for now. Worrying mostly about school tuition. I haven't talked to a recruiter yet, and I'm in the process of moving, so I won't be talking to one for another two months. I thought I would run my thoughts through here and see what kind of feedback I get. Thanks
You have the right idea as far as joining up as a 68W. I think alot of PA's go into the school without first serving as a medic are dissapointed in thier choice. Alot of people see the rank and money but dont see the long hours and extensive studying. There is not really any sequential progression to getting into PA school. I was a 68W, graduated at the top of my class and was asked to attend M6 school( army LPN course) You could be a 68W and attend PA school as long as you have the basics out of the way first. The standards just changed but you should be able to find a local Medical recruiter to give you the list of requirements to be admitted to PA school. I will tell you that if you decide to attend PA school or M6 school, you better be committed to graduating. My M6 school started out with 116 students and we graduated 49. The Army's LPN school is harder than most RN programs elsewhere. I knew more as a LPN in my hospital then almost all the newly graduated RN's.

P.S. Msg Glenn,
I just bought a new motorcycle (can-am spyder) and I have been spending the last week playing with my new toy. Check them out @ can-am.brp.com
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:02 AM
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P.S. Msg Glenn,
I just bought a new motorcycle (can-am spyder) and I have been spending the last week playing with my new toy. Check them out @ can-am.brp.com
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That's a pretty lame excuse, Doc!

I can't look at anything but Harleys. I'm from Milwaukee.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:35 AM
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Talk to a recruiter and get some info. 68W is an awesome job to have and very rewarding. The training the Army will give you will put you further out amongst civilian EMTs. As far as school, you can still be active duty and attend school at night. The Army works alot like any 9-5 job, so once you're done for the day you can attend classes on post.
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