Longevity of the Ontario Career Start Program
When my class graduated in 2011, there were two graduating classes in Ontario, one from McMaster and one from University of Toronto. All 24 students at McMaster and my year secured jobs within a few months of graduating, however I am not certain of what the UofT rates were. When I graduated, the job I ended up taking was also through the career start program. Right now, there is no indication that the Career Start program will go on indefinitely for future PA graduates.
The job rate is not 100% immediately after graduation
The PA programs have been extremely fortunate to have the Career Start Program offered to their new graduates. In the 2016 class, the majority of graduates were able to obtain employment. In fact, few if any professional degrees have a high employment rate out of graduation. Few if any health care professions have permanently funded positions. Health care cuts are taking place across the province. No one is exempt – from registered nurses, registered practical nurses, physiotherapists, Social Workers, to registered massage therapists, etc. PAs are no exception to this. All other providers are paid through hospital, billing or through a budget. PAs are unique since we may provide a service, but have difficulty with reimbursement.
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