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  1. Have you tried submitting applications to private practices? Most of the time they just want someone who is driven.
  2. Diggy

    Where do you guys think I stand?

    Tell them how you really feel ?? lmao
  3. Yeah, just pass the class
  4. I take it as passing the class. No Fs, WFs, or Ws. But as @healthcare3o0 said, try to match whatever GPA you had when you received your acceptance letter.
  5. First off welcome! Meeting the bare minimum isn't competitive and it's good that you realize this. However, do not disqualify yourself so prematurely. What are your grades like? What are your patient care experience hours and responsibilities? You may be one of the lucky ones to gain admission into PA school with the bare minimum. That said, be realistic should you apply anyways. You miss 100% of the shots you do not take. Now, regarding your inquiry about direct entry MSN for non-nurses. An MENP does not grant you the privilege to practice as a Nurse Practitioner, it grants you the privilege to practice as a masters level Registered Nurse. If you decide to do the MENP, you will have to do post-grad master/certificate in a specific specialty to practice as an NP. In hindsight, this is a lot more expensive and sometimes take longer than say....an accelerated BSN --> Masters/DNP NP. Make sure this is a path you really want to go down because although it looks like a good backup plan, it's a lot of work, especially if you don't see yourself working as an RN. I took this path and I'm quite content with my decision. But make sure you research it to death before you jump ship. PS. Please post in the Pre-PA section regarding pre-pa questions
  6. It would be best to contact the school directly and ask them. But if I should guess...a passing grade should suffice. Unless your acceptance letter stated B or better in all remaining courses.
  7. Hey! Let's put you in the position of the Admission Committee where you have 1 seat and 2 applications. Who would you choose? Applicant A or B. A: 25-30-year-old white female, 3.95 cGPA, 3.75 sGPA, 0 paid PCE, 50 volunteer hours, and 15 shadowing hours. B: 25-30-year-old white male, 3.65 cGPA, 3.62 sGPA, 2000 paid PCE, 0 volunteer hours, and 0 shadowing hour. Of course, there are applicants who have 0 PCE or HCE who get admitted into PA school but that is definitely an exception and not a rule. When programs are screening through thousands of applications they are looking to make sure you first meet the GPA requirement then they go down the list in order of importance; PCE>HCE>LOR>volunteer>community service. Strive to be the best PA applicant and PA student, and to be honest, shadowing/volunteer hours is just not going to do that. When it comes to experience, the more responsibility you carry regarding patient-care the better off you are. Shadowing experience is usually a checkbox when compared to direct hands-on experience where you are responsible for providing care to patients. After certain hours there is nothing else you can learn from shadowing. Shoot, even after certain hours working in a certain capacity you tend to stop learning after a few months. That's why I left my nursing assistant position and became an office based EMT (uncertified MA).
  8. I agree with @UGoLong . It's not enough PCE to list.
  9. Diggy

    What is PCE and HCE?

    Hey, welcome to the forum Patient Care Experience (PCE) is usually a paid position (although can be a volunteer). If you're physically in contact with patients taking their vital signs, assessing them, documenting your findings, patient education, triaging, administering medications, assisting other providers with patient care, obtaining specimen culture, etc then this is considered PCE. Positions that meet this are usually RNs/LPNs, Corpsmen, Paramedics, Respiratory Therapists, Radiology Technologists, Sonographers, Physicians (Foreign Medical Graduates), Physical Therapists, CNAs, Medical Assistants, you get the point. Health Care Experience (HCE) is usually paid or unpaid where you're not physically participating in the direct care of the patient. This may include scribes (program dependent), orderlies, volunteers, internships, unit secretaries. Shadowing is merely following someone around and observing their day in health care. You're not part of the healthcare team because your main purpose is to learn about someone else's day. Here's a great source; https://help.liaisonedu.com/CASPA_Applicant_Help_Center/Filling_Out_Your_CASPA_Application/3._CASPA_Supporting_Information/2_Experiences
  10. Hi! To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if you did not get in this round based on two things; you applied late in the cycle when the majority of applicants applied back in May/June/July, and your cGPA/HCE is about average. However, that doesn't say you're automatically disqualified. Maybe there is a program out there that really wants you. Be optimistic but prepare for the worse. Keep improving just in case you have to reapply next cycle. I wish you the best!
  11. Diggy

    PCE vs. HCE

    Just list you're entire hours as PCE.
  12. Diggy

    Accelerated BSN to PA?

    Here is my take, $1,300 for an EMT course plus $200~400 for national and state certification/licensure is a whole lot less than spending $30-50K in tuition alone for an ABSN program. I did both (3 months for EMT and 12 months for BSN). ABSN programs are expensive and the return on investment is only great if you spend 2-5 years in the profession while paying off ALL your loans before taking on another 80K-110K in tuition alone for PA school. On the other hand, new grad nurses make $50-65K right off the bat. Also, the experience you gain as an RN is top notch and is regarded as higher tier patient care experience. My plan was to work as an MA/ED Tech and apply to PA school but when I noticed my chances of acceptance was slim to nothing during the cycle I hurried and applied to an ABSN program and was luckily accepted. I haven't regretted the decision and looking forward to the work I will do as an RN. But seriously consider all options. It's a hefty financial investment. The most efficient and cost-effective route would be EMT (CNA because some hospitals require CNA in order to be an ED Tech) and then apply to PA school. For either route, you'll most likely be delaying applying to PA school because <6 months of experience isn't going to be favorable.
  13. Diggy

    What are my chances?

    should be good to go. But, do remember even the most qualified applicants get turned away from time to time due to limited seats.
  14. https://www.portagelearning.com/courses/22 It's self-paced, I took psych through them and they're accredited.
  15. Just to echo the above. I was a MA at an urgent care. I wasn't certified but I was a licensed Emt. Never once worked on an ambulance. I first worked as a radiology aide, then worked as a nursing assistant (cna title is for those who are certified as such), and then I applied to a MA position and was called for an interview. During the interview they asked if I could do blood draws, give meds, drug testing, Yada Yada Yada, and I said no to all of those skills BUT emphasized I'm a fast learner and willing to learn. Then I related everything back to my resume. You can teach skills but you can't teach someone empathy, and drive. I remained there for 3 years and recently resigned due to nearing being an RN. That said, it took months (almost 7)and countless rejected applications at various facilities before I was hired into this position. Jusr don't give up, if you have to take a different entry level position first and then work your way up, then do that. Apply to private practices and urgent cares.

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