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I have my bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education. I have spent the last year unemployed and am thinking about looking into going back to school. I LOVE to teach Health and LOVE helping people. I have thought about going back to school to maybe become a nurse. However, I really don’t know much about the different job options outside of the hospital and I know there are different levels for nurses. Anyone want to give me a job over view or tips or well anything that could help me decide if this might be something that I would also enjoy doing?
Early in my schooling I had also thought about going into P.T. but there isn’t a school close to me that offers this for my Masters.
Post # 4
There are SO may jobs that could be suited to your skills, Physio, occupational therapy… or even a course in theraputic physical activity would be great- especially for those in rehabillitation, post surgical- special needs/the elderly….
Honestly- hospitals/ nursing homes are crying out for people with your skills and the work you might end up doing would make a MASIIVE difference to people’s lives!
I suggest contacting your local health board (thos who oversee the running of your states medical insitutions)
Most of these courses are very specialised and require years of training but there are also many access courses that with some training you could go out and put your knowledge of PE to very good use!
Best of luck !
Post # 5
If you’re interested in practicing independently, you can look into a Physician Assistant or NP program. CRNA (nurse anesthetists) also have quite a bit of autonomy. For medical school, you might want to take some post-bac work to get ready for the MCAT and just see how you do. The AAMC has some excellent pre-medical advice if you go to their Careers in Medicine section on http://www.aamc.org
While you’re exploring your educational options, I would advise that you start working at a hospital and getting to know people in different fields.
Post # 6
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat:But how do you start working in a hospital with no background? OP does have a background, but I’m curious–are there entry level positions at a hospital that are good for transitioning to RN or PA?
Post # 7
@ellabee: It depends on your interests and what is out there. I worked at a walk-in clinic as a medical records clerk in college but because of my interests, the nurses let me do some intake and start their triage paperwork. Any sort of work experience at a hospital or clinic will help, and you can always seek out additional responsibilities.
Most entry-level at a hospital will be administrative work, but if you’re lucky, there might be program coordinator jobs in clinical areas.
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I am graduating PT school with my doctorate in 2 weeks! So I can give you a little perspective about that. Actually, when looking into any career/education choice, it’s a good idea to look up the national association, so for instance, if you were interested in PT, you would go to the APTA, http://www.apta.org/
There are a lot of resources on these sites that will allow you to delve deeper into your perspective field and find out information such as education required, opportunities for growth and specialization as well as what the career is actually all about.
This link talks about what PT is all about and provides you with another page of links with tons of info for prospective students: http://www.apta.org/ProspectiveStudents/
Good Luck and if you have any questions let me know!