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  1. Undergrad Ed School: University of Phoenix, Southern California Campus, BS in Business Management Cumulative GPA: 3.40 Science GPA: 3.75 Post Bachelor GPA: 4.00 Age at application time : 26 GRE: Not Taken Yet Direct Patient Care : (type & hours) Patient Care Technician on Medical/Telemetry nursing unit, 700 hours Shadowing 40 hours, PA-C in an Urgent Care LOR's PA-C of 41 years, Lead Charge Nurse, Anatomy Professor, Police Supervisor Extracurricular/Research Activities: 1.5 years as a volunteer with the local sheriff's department (850 hours) 4.5 years as a full time police officer Honorably Discharged United States Army Veteran 40 hours volunteer in a local ER 40 hours of shadowing a PA in an urgent care Schools Applied: Western University of Health Science, Arizona School of Health Sciences, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Charles Drew, Nova Southeastern Jacksonville/Fort Meyers/Orlando, Barry Miami Application Submitted Date: I'll be applying in August once I finish a class this summer semester. Schools Received Application Date: N/A Interview Invites: None Denied: None Withdrew Application: None Waitlisted: None Accepted: None Attempts: First
  2. This...you're still very young...yes you're right they are starter jobs, but if you want to get into the PA profession, you have to start at the bottom. I had been in an established career for about 6 years making over $115,000 annually. I left and became an EMT making about $34,000 a year. Does it suck? Absolutely. But my dream is to be a PA and if that's what it takes, that's what I"m going to do.
  3. I'll be applying later in summer as I have to finish some classes - might be too late but it's worth a shot!
  4. I'll be applying too, although it seems like it's difficult to get much information about the program as compared to other PA programs. I'll go where I can get in but it's not my number one choice.
  5. They do not have rolling admissions. They don't even start looking at any applications until after the November deadline. I'll be applying a little later this summer.
  6. I've never seen a volunteer position for either scribe or tech...they're both generally paid positions (can be full time, part time, or per diem) and tech spots in the ER are usually pretty difficult to get. If you want to be a volunteer, you can usually volunteer in the hospital ER; however, you're not a tech. Tech's usually require an EMT license. In my experience in being a hospital ER volunteer and working as a tech in a hospital, the volunteers generally turn rooms (clear linens, clean surfaces, restock supplies), assist patients with water/food/juice (depending on diet - have to check with tech/RN), blankets, etc., restock carts, supply rooms, blanket warmers, etc., and once you get to know some of the staff you can watch some procedures. I never provided any hands on care as a volunteer and have never seen a volunteer provide any hands on care. Scribes are that, they take notes for the doctor. They don't usually provide hands on care and I've never seen a volunteer scribe either. Hope that helps. Working a paid job will help with your application and your health care experience/patient care experience. Working and going to school full time can be tough, but it can be done. I was taking prereqs working 50 hours a week, changed careers to my current tech job, which is full time, planned a wedding, got married, moved, and have maintained a social life, all while taking 15 units (10 of which are science prereqs with labs) and maintained a 4.0. Not to toot my own horn, but just saying if you have the will, you'll find a way.
  7. The formal post bac vs community college route has been asked numerous times on the board - if you use search you're likely to find a situation that meets yours and can probably answer more questions in a faster prior of time for you. Also, take a look at the job market for ER Techs and see if that's a viable option for you. Depending on where your located, jobs might be scarce, such as here in Southern California. Most open ER Tech jobs here want a minimum of 1-2 years of ambulance experience first - just giving you a heads up that you might have to work on an ambulance first before being able to land an ER Tech spot, they're highly sought after.
  8. Is this something you did on a regular basis and was part of you job duties/description? Or something you just did every once in a while? When you say I "have" taken....it sounds like you've just done it a few times to maybe help out an MA when they're busy. You don't want to exaggerate on your CASPA, everything can be verified (as in they can contact your employer) and the last thing you want is the program to find out that these things weren't part of your regular duties and you lied/fabricated things on your application.
  9. I've purchased and leased many cars along the way and from what I've experienced and learned, I'd recommend purchasing to almost everyone, regardless of your situation. Purchase a cheaper car you can afford and it'll serve you better and cause you less hassles than a lease. I'd caution buying from private party if you purchased a used vehicle; it's worth the extra investment to purchase a certified preowned vehicle from a dealer as they normally come with extended warranties.
  10. When did you go through basic training? Unless things have changed since when I went through, every incoming soldier was trained in CLS. It was like week 2 of basic training. I know I was trained how to start an IV, I know they don't do that anymore in basic training though, so I'm not sure how they do things now.
  11. Be careful with banking on volunteer hospice as HCE, many programs require paid employment, not volunteer, for healthcare experience/patient care experience. Also, You could list that volunteer work as an extracurricular; however, that won't count for HCE/PCE hours, if that's what you're getting at.
  12. Yeah, I've looked into that and I should meet the specific requirements. A couple dictate how many you can have in progress and some of the other ones state certain ones (such as A&P) must be complete. The courses I listed above aren't all for the same program, they're for a mix. For example, my #1 choice doesn't require O-chem or Biochem that I plan on taking during the Spring. Thanks for the heads up though!
  13. My HCE will improve over time as I'm still working full time as an EMT/PCT in med/tele and I'll probably try to get into the ER at some point in time. So by next cycle, I should have about 2,500 hours. And thanks for the input, I appreciate it.
  14. Money aside, is there any other negative consequences to applying and not getting in? I'm not too worried about the financial aspect of it. Would programs look negatively on a reapplicant if I had to reapply next year?
  15. I'm changing careers into medicine and I've had a lot of prerequisite courses to complete as I was a business major, so I've been working on them over Intercession and Spring semester. I've looked at a lot of programs on the west coast. I'm eligible to apply to about 5 programs of interest as they state the prereqs just need to be done before matriculation not by the application; however, I was wondering if I actually have a shot with this many classes still pending. I plan on applying in August after I finish the summer semester. If I don't get in I'll reapply next year with them all done. Here's what I have done: Completed by Application in August: 1 year english, college algebra, anatomy, psychology, sociology, statistics, General Chemistry 1, 9 units of humanities, medical terminology (42 units) Pending for Fall 2016: Physiology, Genetics, General Chemistry 2 (12 units) Pending for Intercession 2017: Biochemistry (4 units) Pending for Spring 2017: Microbiology, Organic Chemistry 1 (10 units) I have some different experiences - 750 hours community service as a volunteer police officer, 50 hours ER volunteer, 6 total years as a police officer, US Army Veteran, and I'll have about 600 hours HCE as a full time EMT/PCT on a med/tele unit when I apply. GPA should be: cGPA 3.41, sGPA 3.81, last 60 GPA 3.81 I know it's not ideal but I'm hoping somewhere will give me a shot!
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