I've been actively pursuing a career change for quite a few years. I've applied for nursing programs at several local public colleges. The competition is high for this limited access program. There was 450 application and they accepted 80. I was one of them. I'm so appreciative, because the alternative was the private schools, which have a tuition of $50,000 vs the $7000 for the same program at the public colleges.
I'm planning on applying to University of Florida's PA program once I get a few years of experience in the nursing field. There is also another program at a nearby college that transitions PA into a medical doctor program. I know this route is a very long way to become a medical doctor, but I can't afford not to work 7+ years to earn a medical degree. I can still earn income taking the path I currently have planned.
I will resign my management position in May, and gave notice to my employer yesterday. I didn't get any encouragement from them, but instead they mocked me. Several higher management telling me I'm throwing away 20 years with the company. I know I will take a hit in pay and lose a lot of vacation and benefits, but I feel so much happier now. My wife also is applying for a LPN program this year. Anyway, just wanted to share to maybe encourage others to pursue your desires. I'm 38 years old and been with the same company for twenty years. I have two college degrees that are in business and management, so this will be an entirely new path for me. I know very little in the health field, but eager to learn.