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  1. Diggy

    Hopeful Thinking PA

    If you have DO school in the back of your mind, you should do everything in your power to gain acceptance into DO school. If not, you will most likely have that "what if" lingering in your thoughts. As for PA school, you're not very competitive, and I mean that in the most neutral way. You have a 2.8 GPA which is far below the usual 3.5-3.7 admitted cohort. As for paid patient care experience (that is preferred by most schools), the average is somewhere between 1000-4000. Most programs also require a 3.0 for your application to even pass the initial screening. I don't want to discourage you but you'll be looking at an uphill battle to be admitted into PA school. If you're going to put in the energy to make your application competitive for CASPA, you might as well dedicate that time to "your ultimate goal" of becoming a DO.
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    Westfield state university

    I worked with Dr. Jennifer Hixon, PA-C a few times and she's a total bad*ss. She has a proven track record of starting up PA programs from the ground up and graduating successful PA-Cs. Their current status is granted to all new programs. There's no doubt this program will also be successful. It's a pity I didn't meet their requirements.
  3. The initial RN training would put them in a bad spot because we rotate through a lot of acute care clinical sites, and most of the time, it's the students doing a lot of the grunt work haha (trachs, vents, enemas, wound care etc). I somehow managed to avoid trachs and vents but other students weren't so lucky. That said, I don't think I have such a phobia as the OP but I will say, just don't think about it and force yourself to learn from it. My ER Clinical instructor once told me you should at least once, choose to do something you're afraid of and you'll learn to appreciate it. So slowly expose yourself little by little and you'll overcome or tolerate these phobias. I know I'm only going to be an RN and not a PA, but I have no desire to work in acute care with the ER being the exception. I'm in the process of interviewing at Urgent Cares/ERs.
  4. It makes the shift go so much better and easier and I can tell you we appreciate it. It doesn't go unnoticed.
  5. I am not disagreeing with anything you stated except for the bolded statement. I just graduated with my BSN Aug 24th at a top rated nursing program and I have the option to matriculate into their FNP program this coming January (2019) meaning I'll have less than 2 months of RN experience before I actually start the NP program. I signed my leave of absence because I wanted to work as a RN to hone certain skills before I go into NP school. I miss starting IVs, hanging medications, and other nursing skills. Only reason I say this is because I witnessed providers not doing any of these except for doing sutures...especially in the ER. The Advanced Practice Providers are too busy assessing, diagnosing and planning patient care to actually sit down with the patient and start an IV, insert a foley/NG tube, give medications. I'm a task doer essentially. A task doer that understands the meaning behind certain nursing intervention.
  6. How, can an NP, dissuade you from being a PA? They are two different professions with different paths to become a clinician. Go talk to a PA. Shadow a PA and gain some PCE to see if you really want to be in medicine. Did she also comment on whether or not she also witnessed her NP colleagues not work out or she's focused on the PAs? I've worked with PAs in urgent care who perform just as well as their physician counterparts. Same for the NPs we have on staff. Sole providers in the clinic. There are never 2 providers per shift. Also, there are thousands of PA students who land jobs before even graduating, so they are definitely thriving, and some employers are coughing up six figures for them.
  7. Diggy

    What major did you pick for pre-PA?

    Hey Amanda, welcome to the PA forum Pick something that can provide a well-paying job and high quality PCE upon graduation so when you graduate with your bachelors, you can streamline into a PA program. Kill two birds with one stone. I wish I had done this my first go around. Paramedicine Registered Nurse (ASN and BSN) Registered Respiratory Therapy Medical Laboratory Science (school dependent) Radiology Technology
  8. Diggy

    Please Help Me!

    EMT is the most versatile license you can obtain. I was able to work as a radiology aide, nursing assistant, and an MA in urgent care. I never set foot on the ambulance. I only wanted the training and the license to get my foot through the door.
  9. I live in Philly. There are a lot of FNP programs but none are actually ENP (FNP + ACNP), and many of them are either online or hybrid. I'm not a fan of online courses because I learned nothing in the 3 masters ANP courses I took during my BSN. I want a full brick and mortar FNP (ENP preferably) program. I might have to go out of state for this if I can find one.
  10. Diggy

    Please Help Me!

    Some schools will project while others require the minimum at the time of application. I am not sure what TJU's view is on that, but I know UPAP will project hours up until the deadline.
  11. Diggy

    Please Help Me!

    I am not understanding your question fully. Are you asking will they project your hours?
  12. Diggy

    Please Help Me!

    I will tell you right now that Thomas Jefferson University in PA requires 200 hours minimum but when I applied with 1.5-2K hours, I was passed over. I also had 50 ish shadowing hours, 1.3K hours of community service but my GPA was much less than yours... I want to say it was 3.53 overall 3.54 science. Your GPA is rock solid so if you take the time to obtain 1-2K PCE you'll have no issues landing interviews your first cycle. Also, I would vote you get your EMT-B license over phlebotomy. With an EMT license, you can become an ER tech and do phlebotomy.
  13. I'm interested in attending an ENP Program (the PA bridge was sadly burned for me) but having a hard time locating a brick and mortar sit your a** in class program. But the ED that I did my last rotation in as a student nurse did not employ NPs as ED providers. Only Physicians and PAs filled this role. Their reasoning as to why PA over NP was a** backwords but eh the PAs there were happy. Emergency Medicine is largely PA friendly.
  14. Diggy

    What are my chances?

    Got a pretty good chance. Keep working on PCE and you should have no problems getting interview invites.
  15. Diggy

    CCMA or CNA

    I vote CCMA. I was an urgent care MA (not certified). I was doing everything the providers delegated to me, within reason. Phlebotomy, EKGs, medication administration (IM, PO, ID, and SC), patient teaching, screening, wound care, point of care testing, etc. I was the first person patients see and the last one upon their discharge. I did this for 2 years and then I enrolled in nursing school out of state. I was a nursing assistant for 5 months before I left for the MA position. As an NA I was only doing EKGs, intake and output, and assisting with ADLs. I was very limited in what I was doing and got bored pretty quickly. The only reason I lasted so long at my MA job was because my scope was broader and it was just me and the providers doing patient care so the opportunities to learn something new was endless. To this day, whenever I'm back in town, my boss calls me in for a shift or two and I am happy to help out because I enjoyed what I did.

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