I know this question may have been posted before... it might even have been posted by me a long time ago (I don't really remember), but does anyone have any insight on to whether I should pursue being a NP or a PA? I understand there are a lot of similarities between the two professions; They are both mid-level providers. I also recognize that PA school follows the medical model, while NP school follows the nursing model. I am currently in an accelerated BSN program because I initially chose the path to become an NP, but I am having second thoughts as the prerequisites for nursing school are essentially the same as PA school around here. I also will have to take the GRE in order to get into the master's program at the nursing school anyway, so it makes me want to take a second look at the PA option. The thing that really frustrates me about being a PA is it seems like the schooling is more rigorous, because it is two years of medical school and one year of residency (I believe), but PAs appear to have less autonomy than NPs. In my state, PAs aren't allowed to write prescriptions, while NPs can. I also believe in some states, NPs only need "collaborating physicians" while PAs need more oversight by physicians. I enjoy nursing school so far, but I think I might be more fit for the medical model. Nursing school so far seems to be focused on making assessments and practical aspects of being a nurse, such as putting in IVs and foley catheters. It also really stresses the humanistic aspect of health care. I believe this to be important, but I have taken one pathophysiology course as part of the curriculum, and I absolutely LOVED it and did excellent in it. However, it doesn't seem like this knowledge is actually applied in my other courses. I seem to be more attuned to the biophysical aspects of a person's condition, instead of the spiritual/holistic ideal nursing seems to really push. I understand that both are important, and I value the nursing perspective, but I tend to look at it more technically than my classmates, and even my professors sometimes. Anyway, this is a long rant. I was hoping some people had some insight into which option would be best. I appreciate any help you all have to offer.