I just graduated with a BA in Psychology and want to apply to a PA program in the next few years. I'd like to spend those few years off working in a clinical setting and getting health care experience. I'm trying to both figure out how to get the experience and how to get the education to do the job. 1. Second Degree BSN: My GPA is only a 3.0 and I am worried about getting in. I would have to take a few prerequisite classes before I could apply. 2. Surgical Tech: I could complete the program in about a year I think and I would love the OR time as I would like to ultimately become a surgical PA. 3. EMT/Paramedic: I'm not sure how long I'd have to go to school to be able to function in a role where I would feel like I had real hands on "live saving" experience? What do you guys think would be the quickest way to get the experience while having a job that would make me enough money to live on? I live in Austin, TX and need programs in that area - does anyone know how to find programs in the Austin area? I know Austin Community College has a surgical tech program, but I can't seem to find any others and Google searches aren't helping me much. Thanks in advance for the help!