I'm a little confused and would appreciate any info out there. I looked into PA school a while ago when deciding what field of medicine I would go into (RN, MD, PA, DO?). I soon learned that the only PA program in my state recommends only RN's or medical military personnel with 10+ years of experience should apply. I have since met many people who have graduated from the program and confirm that EMTs/medics/RNs/army medics (roughly age 30ish) are the majority of the matriculated students. Okay, fair enough. Recently a group of my friends have decided that PA school is the best way to supplement their military background and current hospital work (as technicians) for a more fulfilling career. Okay...so I am quite confused as to the type of programs that are offered. Some require a Bachelor's (plus exp), yet other require only 4-5 classes that you could take at a community college. What is the deal? You can get a BS or MS and be a PA? Are there any differences in the way they can practice (i.e. more restrictions)? I looked at the aapa site and saw there are 120 schools, but only 60 or so are registered with CASPA. Does anyone know which schools don't require a BS (for those wanting to jump right into their chosen field)? No one wants to spend $35 to register for that subscription site if you are not planning on applying in that year. Also, you could take all your prereqs at a technical or community college and then find out that the school you were interested in won't accept them (UC Davis?). Any hints on where to go? Thanks!