@Lemurcatta, for the PHPE you need to have an active EMT-B cert to challenge (I was an EMT-B for multiple years prior to PA school).
@medic25, I have not received the card yet. I'm pretty sure I am only qualified as a PHPE rather than a paramedic specifically. @FieldPAC may know.
Hi guys, I was thinking of attending a PANRE review conference; specifically I was looking into CME resources and certified medical educators. I was thinking of attending the 3 day conference. Has anyone been to either of these conferences? Are either of them worth the money?
I saw some old posts on this but they were from a while ago and not many replies
Hoping to get a better idea.
I am going to echo LadyNichiavelli here.
I would go to CASPA and look up what is a science course or not and then calculate from there using one of these online GPA calculators. I did this and my sGPA was 2.91 around May-July 2016. Calculated what I needed to get at least a 3.0 and that was 8 credits of As. Took two courses in a months time, got the credit hours and started a new job because I only had scribe HCE, but was rejected from the 3-4 schools I applied to.
I went back to the GPA calculator, I needed more to pull sGPA up to the 3.2 area, at least 15 classes. So, I retook General Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry I and II and got As. I also took 5 other science courses and a medical terminology course, got As. I wanted to take more but I missed class sign up window for some classes.
Applied with sGPA at a 3.15 with 3 outstanding courses (but not required), Organic Chemistry I and II and Lifespan Psychology. So sGPA likely a little higher now. I think the picture is painted here though.
I know it is easier said than done, but try to get only As from here on out. I thought of A's as a way to "cancel out" a C to make a B. In the end you want more As than the Cs that were canceled out to also pull up grades in the B- and B range.
There are classes that are easy As; Lifespan Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Nutrition and Pathology. These are considered science courses, I think CASPA lumps the Health related courses into the science GPA and those are easy As and can help you fill out classes for a potential associates (have to look this up at the CC level). These can be taken to get the sGPA up without causing too much stress while working full-time.
Key point made here. My work experience was what set me apart I thought and with neat experiences comes stories and those make good conversation at interviews. Also they make good personal statements and secondary application essays. Work hard and people may offer to write you LOR, I had most of the LOR I used offered to me with about 3 others that were offered that I did not utilize in preparation for a possible 3rd cycle.
Also, even after you apply and are "waiting around" or even have interviews, keep doing classes and keep working. I am always surprised on how people will only do additional work until after they are rejected or waitlisted. Mistake, because then it is too late to make any real changes.