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  1. Hi all. So, I am currently a PA-S in Pennsylvania and I'm set to finish in May. I would really like to move to Cali when I'm finished and I've been trying to look into areas around SD. I know there was a little discussion in another topic link but I was hoping for some additional thoughts/advice on this move. I'm not necessarily looking for a specific field or specialty at this point. I suppose my concerns, as of now are affordability, availability and how PA's are treated in the state. Thanks in advance for any info!
  2. @paadmissions Thank you so much for your insight and advice. It means a great deal to me.
  3. @paadmissions First, I would like to thank you for providing this thread. It truly helps more than I can say. I am one of those individuals who has had a complete change in career goals. I graduated in '12 with a bachelors in economics, only to learn quickly that I had no desire to be in such a field. After deciding to "start over" I began working as a pharmacy technician and remained there for a year and a half. It was during this time that I learned of a career as a physician Assistant. Without dragging this out more than necessary, I went back to school and have been taking the science courses that most programs require for roughly the last 2 years. I started working as a full-time nursing assistant roughly 6 months ago and I began volunteering at a free healthcare clinic. I am writing you now because although I do have a 3.75 prereq GPA, my overall is sitting flat at a 3.2 and by the time the next CASPA cycle arrives my HCE will only be at about 2000 hours (not including the pharmacy work). I have to admit, I am much happier working as an NA than any previous job. I love working in the hospital. Having said that, I have grown tremendously discouraged as I am already drowning in school loans while bringing in a very little income and with the competitive nature in this application process I wonder how long I can last. I know I am moving in the right direction, I just could really use some guidance here. Should I consider a stepping stone like respiratory therapy or should I stop whining and keep doing what I'm doing (maybe take more courses) and apply as soon as CASPA opens? If there is any advice you can offer me I would be incredibly grateful. Thank you so much and Happy Holidays
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