Dec 29, 2013 #4 Gastudent Forum Crew Member. If you already have a nursing background, continue forward to your RN. I know this is typically true for paid vs volunteer EMT positions, at least. Training requirements: The typical duration of a program is 16 weeks for part-time (2-3 days/week) and around 6 weeks for full-time. I have went from working 32 hours per week or more to 20 if I am lucky because of new staffing guidelines. EMT vs. CNA basically boils down to whether you want to do basic medicine or basic nursing. I find that once one graduates, they really want to get out there and work thus this usually tends to distract people from their original goals of med/pa school for an average of 3-4 years (according to my own experiences). I was wondering which would be a better choice in the eyes of the admission committee? Trying to decide which one be the best option to work at while in nursing school. many applicants work for a year or 2 after college graduation before applying to pa school after taking an emt, medical asst., cna, etc type course to get a certification. And this is true! Medical Experience Statistics for PA School Applicants. EMT was a great job and something I will not forget, but it definitely was hard juggling being a full time EMT and a full time pre-med. Please share your experience and which course of action you would take (CNA, EMT, EKG Tech certification) THANKS!! We all like to think of ourselves as doing a lot (or most) of what doctors do. I'm only responding as PA school candidate and a licensed CNA. I know I want to practice medicine (ER, critical care, or surgery), but chose not to pursue the MD/DO route due to being a female and future mother. As anyone who has tackled the CASPA application in the past can attest, it's not something that can be done in an afternoon. jadelpn, LPN, EMT-B. Once hired I took two different EKG courses through the hospital but it wasn't a formal certification process and I was on the clock for the time I went to the class which was nice. Most require either being a CNA/EMT/LPN explain will train you on the job. Both of these professionals work in the health care industry, but have different responsibilities and educational requirements. You can find EMT-B, or EMT-Basic, courses on your campus through a continuing education division, at a community college, or technical school. A CNA would give you a look at how patients are cared for, … I am leaning towards EMT, because I believe it is more rigorous hands-on work, and allows for more experience. It’s in demand, and it attracts a wide array of individuals with different backgrounds and healthcare experiences. I thought that becoming an EMT-B would be a fun and exciting way to fulfill this requirement, but from what I have read on this site EMT-B jobs can be pretty hard to come by. 7+ Year Member. My ultimate goal is to become a physician assistant. So, here, I'm going to lay out the significant differences in categorization of PCE and HCE and how these can (and should) play a role in your approach to your PA school application. Gold Donor. i think both have their goods and bads. There are a few M.A. CNA vs. EMT . I was neither a CNA or an EMT before nursing school. In this post, we'll explore a few roles that do not require certification but do involve direct patient care and, therefore, qualify as PCE for your PA school application. But you may not end up wanting to do anything CNA related after you take the course. I was an EMT for 2 years and then a CNA for 18 months before med school (latter offered a more flexible schedule around school, though less money). I know some PA schools don't accept volunteer clinical hours - they want it to be paid. well my mom was a cna while in nursing school and im going to school ths fall for my emt. RCreek- sounds like we have similar backgrounds. May 10, 2013 772 241 Pensacola FL Status Non-Student Jan 14, 2014 #3 Good file done by someone that's organized. EMTs and CNAs are healthcare professionals who are responsible for providing care to patients. Students who searched for Top Schools for EMT and Paramedics found the following information and resources relevant and helpful. 0 Likes. To register for a CNA program later, you will need a high school diploma or GED. If you want to be an EMT, I would be an EMT early on. programs in the state, only 2 left with an associate's degree. Programs total around 120-150 hours of didactic training, plus an additional 24-75 hours of EMS training (patient transport) and training in an emergency department. I did not have any sort of certification such as CNA, EMT, or MA. EMT-Ps … The CNA education is about nine months, depending on the program. I was wondering which would be a better choice in the eyes of the admission committee? The idea is that if you're getting paid for your time, you likely have more responsibility and are working more. I first learned about the profession from a classmate while I was finishing my senior year in college as a biology major. If you didn't get your diploma, get your GED. EMT would be an introduction to emergency services, however, an EMT in pre hospital care and an ER nurse are widely different. If you want to go to pa school becoming an emt or emt-i might be a good route to go for the clinical experience. I value the 5 months I spent doing it for two reasons...the tiny bit of money I made, and the fact that now I know to never do it again. May 21, 2013. 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