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  1. https://portagelearning.com/courses/biology/biod103 I took psychology through portage. It's accredited through Geneva College. Good luck
  2. Coming from a financial aspect....the PA program will be cheaper and lesser in length. The longer you're in school, the less ($) income you make in return. ...Some nursing schools are highly funded and can offer amazing scholarship packages. My BSN Program was originally 47K....but I paid 27K. The neighboring PA school doesn't have any scholarship for students. Pay your deposit for both programs so you're guaranteed a spot. Then compare the financial packages and see which one is cheaper in the long run.
  3. I don't have the same level of responsibility as PAs but do work in a high stress environment where OT can be achieved. There's a nurse who averaged 72 hours for 1 week at least once a month in my ER. I've worked 56 hrs one week and booked a vacation the following week for 6 days to decompress...and I'm only 27 years old, single, no kids, and no real responsibilities. I can't imagine adding another 34 hours. Burnout is real and I've learned that first handed. Now I use my PTO to fulfill my 36/hr FT commitment but only work 24 hours/week. But good luck with whatever you choose. But remember, QOL > any job.
  4. Long story short yes PA school prefers some PCE over others. That said, RT > CNA by a looooong shot.
  5. 3.54 cGPA 3.53 sGPA I believe I had 1700 PCE and another 1300 of community service. I only applied to one nursing program. It was Jefferson University in Philadelphia. I'll be starting the DNP program in either summer or fall of 2020. Going back and forth between FNP or Acute Care.
  6. Diggy

    CASPA fail?

    Creating an account early will do nothing to boost your chances. Each application year you have to resubmit your caspa for verification and re-upload your LORs. The only thing it does for you is roll over your grades... But that's it and it doesn't give you an edge over other applicants.
  7. It doesn't give them any information regarding your CASPA application. It's just attached to your official transcript and mailed to CASPA for verification.
  8. The form should have a unique applicant number that links directly to your CASPA account if I remember correctly. As for sessions...maybe it's synonymous with semesters? My program did not have quarters, just semesters, and during the summer it' was labeled as session 1 and session 2.
  9. I took Psychology across the lifespan from them 2 years ago for nursing school and my nursing program accepted it. I believe all of the courses they offer is self-paced and you get 1 year to complete each course. Easy process tbh.
  10. 1.2K hours is on the lower end tbh although RN experience is at the top of the totem pole. See if you can hang on for a year because most places don't allow anyone to go from FT to PRN unless they have 1 year of experience. I also encourage you not to quit unless you have an actual ACCEPTANCE letter in hand. Because you'll be quitting a good paying job for a "what-if".
  11. I agree as well, NP school is notorious for forcing their students to find their own preceptors. This is why I refuse to apply to any of the programs that do this. Floor nursing is rough, I couldn't do it. It sounds like you want to function at the highest level of your credentials and floor nursing ain't it. That's why I love the ER and will never leave unless it's to be an urgent care nurse. As for wanting to move on, that's okay, but keep in mind that being a RN and a NP are two different things. NP is more similar to PA than it is to their predecessor, RN. You might not like RN but you might like NP. But from your post it seems you rather be a PA and that's also okay. Research different PA programs and see how many PCE you have acquired from being a RN since that's considered high quality experience. Good luck!
  12. Yikes...where to begin lmao. It sounds like you have a major chip on your shoulder. First off, welcome to the PA FORUM where everything is PRO-PA....as it should be haha. You cannot start off saying you cannot compare the two professions and then under the same breath minimize the work PAs do across the US on a daily basis in comparison to PTs. PAs receive a generalist training but you can find a PA in every specialty and sub-specialty...From Family medicine to hematology/oncology (sounds like an in-depth specialty if you ask me). Hence when they re-certify they have to read a generalist book to relearn general medicine. Same thing goes for Ortho Physicians to cardiologists, or are you also denying their expertise? It is also false to claim PTs have the same scope of practice as PAs. PAs write orders for the PTs to follow...without a referral from a PA, NP, MD/DO...PTs have no reason to evaluate a patient unless said patient miraculously wanders in said PT's office. Also, referring patients to appropriate ancillary services is SAFE practice. Every single clinician I know does it. FYI DPT is NOT a specialty in medicine....DPT is a clinician who focuses on movement and rehabilitation which IS a specialty in medicine. Just like how Physician/PA isn't a specialty...but a licensed clinician in a specific specialty; PM&R. Yeah PTs might be their own boss but what does that have to do with patient care? PAs call the shots in my ER for the patients they care for. The physicians have their own patients to worry about so I am convinced you are misinformed about the PA profession. Regarding the ranking...are you saying DPTs are more qualified to care for patients than MS trained PTs? Because you're sadly mistaken if you think yes and a sell out to your own kind. Also, according to Forbes top 10 jobs for 2018...PAs were # 3 while PTs didn't make the cut. I saw a tax return from a Pediatric Trauma PA in NYC who made 142K in 1 year....pretty sure FM physicians make 150-200K/year....so that is pretty comparable. So yes, PAs can make OT if they choose. Their schedule isn't limited because they are a PA. PTs have their place...no one is denying that. Again, welcome to the PA FORUM.
  13. Quick question, how much $$$ did you spend to become a nurse? No matter what path you choose, you're not going to be fully prepared to assume the provider role, and your preceptor isn't going to expect you to hit the ground running. You have to put in the work. Either training will allow you to be a "safe" novice provider, although the training PAs receive exceeds NP training based on curriculum and hours of clinical experience. But one cannot bank on that. You have to be willing to put in the extra hours to learn the job (and be aware of knowing that you don't know everything early on in your career). Nursing (BSN) school taught me how to be safe...and not an irresponsible practitioner. It was my time in the ER that taught me how to function as a nurse. How to communicate with providers, how to safely carryout my nursing duties, and how to critically think. That said, I work with some tremendous PAs, and I also work with some excellent NPs. Choose a path that fits YOUR needs and not what some online forum say. You're the one footing the bill and time required to successfully pass your boards. It also sounds like you're just barely off orientation and already thinking about jumping ship. Are you at the bedside?
  14. Overall GPA is on the lower end, but your pre-req GPA provided somewhat of a buffer. What's your science GPA? PCE/HCE is way below average and will definitely work against you based on how competitive PA programs are. How many hours have you completed as a CNA over those 2 years? Being a CNA and seeing how RNs work is way different than the scope of a NP. So you're comparing apples to oranges. Based on what you're providing at this moment of time (and not saying impossible) but your chances are slim to zilch.
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