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  1. Diggy


    The verification process will not be completed until ALL of your transcripts are verified, even if the pending courses are not prerequisites. That is why you haven't gotten a confirmation from the schools you applied to.
  2. Do not allow anyone to sway you from your original plan. Only you should decide what path you want to take because you're the one investing time and money into it. As a student nurse, I never knew how much RNs did in regards to patient care and I've worked as a nursing assistant so I thought I knew what they did (boy was I wrong). That said, and take this with a grain of salt. Nothing is WORSE than graduating with a Bachelors and overworking yourself in an entry level position making $12-$17/hr. A BSN degree guarantees you a well-paying job right out of college. One of my friends during my first undergrad did nursing, graduated a year later than I did, and signed an RN job in transplant making $38/hr x 3 12s per week. I graduated with a BS in Exercise and Health Science, worked as a nursing assistant for $13 an hr...then MA for $17 an hr working 2 12s and 2 8s per week. Now I'm back getting my BSN lol. I thought I would've regretted my decision BUT I haven't and now I have the option to do PA or NP...or both according to UC Davis dual PA/FNP program. I'm not trying to convince you but shedding light since I have experienced the process of applying to BOTH fields. Unlike your advisor. At the end of the day, do what you feel like you'll excel at.
  3. Diggy

    What are my chances?

    GPAs are about average, strong PCE, and slightly above average shadowing hours. Your GRE is below the 50th percentile and this is where your applicant falls short. Besides that, I think you'll have a shot at getting in. Be cautious about applying to programs that require 300 and above GRE score.
  4. As others above have stated, it will be an uphill battle for you to get into Midwestern with a 3.4 with very little healthcare experience. I'm not trying to be rude or anything but, the reality is that PA schools especially Midwestern (who favors GPAs above 3.7) is extremely competitive. Now, I'm not saying you won't get in because that is not up to me, but per your description of your application statistics, nothing screams you're a unique applicant with high-quality patient care experience that brings a breath of diverse experience to the table. Does your profile match their vision, purpose, and goals? I will even go out on a limb and say that Midwestern receive 2000+ applications per CASPA cycle which is the same for the majority of the Cali programs. Do not rush getting into PA school. It will be a costly mistake (I should know) should you not get in. Build a strong foundation so when you hit submit, you're confident in your candidacy. I wish you the best with whatever you decide.
  5. I worked 36-50hrs a week to keep my mind busy. On my days off, I would hang out with friends as if life continues. Rejection after rejection, I sort of made peace with the idea of not getting in - and when the final rejection letter came, the blow was a lot less damaging because I had made peace with it lol. Try not to let the wait eat you up. It will only make you unhappy. Find a hobby that is time-consuming.
  6. Diggy

    Stay a CNA or go for CMA?

    With CNA experience, you're a prime candidate for a private practice clinic (Urgent Care). Cold call or shotgun your resume to private owned outpatient offices. I did that with less than 5 months of nursing assistant experience and they trained me up for the job. Stayed at that office for 22 months.
  7. Technically the primary nurse(s) you're assigned to is your supervising RN for that shift just as the charge nurse is. Is there nurse supervisor on your floor that the charge nurse reports to? I would also reach out to the school that requires a supervisor's LOR.
  8. Have you been working with the same LPNs/RNs consistently over those past few months? It's a bummer the charge nurses won't do it, but seek out other individuals. What about your nursing supervisor? If all else fails, find a new job.
  9. Diggy

    PCE hours

    Some will project your hours. University of Utah PA Program comes to mind. Others will require you to have the minimum hours at the time of your application.
  10. Diggy

    Will programs take a failed PA-S?

    I would say BSN programs are a lot more laxed than MS prepared programs. Mine accepted me even though their PA program rejected me and it was brought up during the interview. Your case is unique though and not the same as mine. But it's worth a shot.
  11. Diggy

    Will programs take a failed PA-S?

    An ABSN is much more practical than a master's in biomedicine/medical science. Both probably cost the same, but a BSN is much more clinically related and guarantees a career post-graduation. If PA schools won't touch your application then there is no reason to continue fighting an expensive battle. Just my $0.02. I never wanted to be a nurse but look at me now, 3 months away from graduation, and I haven't had any regrets so far. Life doesn't stop and I'm ready to have a career, make money, go on vacation, and buy expensive toys. I could've tried for PA schools one more time, but by the time I started I would already be done with my BSN and be in the workforce 1 year sooner. It was a no-brainer.
  12. This is largely dependent on cost and your timeline. The ABSN program is 1 year which means you're guaranteed a well-paying job upon graduation in case it takes an extra cycle to get into PA school. You'll gain high-quality PCE and the possibility of having your hospital help contribute towards your PA degree. The Master's program is always a great path because you'll be experiencing the hard sciences which will be a great prep for PA school. Either way, you can't go wrong. That said, the path you choose should be based on what you want out of your training before PA school. Both are going to be expensive but one definitely provides a better return on investment because it leads to a job. I was faced with the same decision during the 2016-2017 cycle. I applied to 10 PA schools with a 3.54 cGPA and a 3.53 sGPA (per CASPA)and did not get in. I applied to an ABSN program, got in, and haven't looked back. Yes, it's expensive, but I did not want to keep putting my life off while playing Russian roulette.
  13. Diggy

    Applying to PA 2018-2019

    As one first generation Af-Am himself, you best hit that submit button :D
  14. Diggy

    Did I screw myself?

    You have plenty of time to bring that GPA up. I had a 3.2 GPA at the end of my freshman year and graduated with a 3.54 at the end. MY only suggestion to you is to major in something that provides a stable job and high quality patient care experience upon graduation (respiratory therapy, radiation therapy, nursing, dietetics, sonography, nuclear medicine, speech pathology, etc). Nothing is worse than a useless bachelor's degree and then working for $12-17/hr after spending 4-5 years in undergrad.
  15. Depends on how much of each you have...if you're lacking in one area, consider doing it in that area. Good luck!

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