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