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  1. As the title says, I am located in the Charlotte area and would like to shadow a PA in any specialty in Charlotte or surrounding areas. Please comment below or message me with any opportunities; they would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I could be wrong, but I believe it would be useful if someday you intend to teach and step away from clinical duties.
  3. My literal only concern has been what it could do to my GPA, as it is already not stellar. Everyone has been telling me to take it to show my abilities, but in my area, no school seems to have a good program for it, so I have been weary of it. A fair amount of program I'm interested in don't require it, so that was my exact mindset. I should think about this more before deciding to take it and possibly hurting my GPA. Thanks for the re-encouragement against.
  4. It's been stated pretty clearly how my school has a notoriously bad chemistry department (it's been on probation for quite some time now, as well as physics depart) and I have been steered away by many on not taking organic at my college. Though, some of the programs I will apply to don't require it, I think it would be helpful to still take it. If people could list programs that I could look into I would greatly appreciate it. Planning on taking it this summer. Medical terminology is another. It is difficult to get into if you're anything other than an exercise phys major on my campus. Thanks! Same with biochem as well, if anyone knows of online programs for that too. Thanks again in advance
  5. Great point. Question answered! Thanks!
  6. So, I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. I am hesitant to take orgo and biochem after hearing the horror stories of them. Not to mention how it will affect my already subpar GPA. I feel I may already know the answer to this but is it foolish for me to completely skip those courses, as some programs don't require them? Thanks
  7. I would like some more insight regarding this. My grades are meh. I could share in a message if you'd like but I'm really starting to weigh heavily the RN option and later down the line becoming an NP.
  8. You would think it would be no problem whatsoever! The hospitals in my area will only allow someone that possesses a CNA license to be an ER tech. Pretty sure I'm over qualified to take vitals, move and clean up bodily fluids. Atleast the board is allowing me to challenge the test and not have to pay money and take an unnecessary cna course.
  9. So, let me briefly explain my situation: I have my state EMT certification, but because of rotating shifts and my local agency requiring full time since it's a all 911 service in huge, busy metro area, it is hard to do that with school. I have been told that in my state of NC I can challenge the CNA test (I have the paperwork and the state board confirmed), but I do not know what is tested on the skills portion. I have taken the practice exam (not skills portion) and passed without even studying. My plan is to be an ER tech PRN or part time so I can fulfill hours, stop taking out student loans in undergrad, and still be able to go to school. Does anyone have any way I can find the skills portion of the CNA test or give me some kind of info on what to be prepared for? It'd be greatly appreciated, thanks! I have tried countless times to get and ER tech job and you'd think my certification would surely fulfill the qualifications, but the nursing managers (ironic, huh?) don't believe so.. only CNAs get these positions. That is why I have to take this very redundant route. Thanks again, in advance.
  10. I'm in Chem 1 and Bio and Stats right now, with respective labs, and I feel your pain lol. Being a former engineer (I'm 28) I feel that it is going to get worse before it gets better. It might help to remember why you are doing this. A lot of sacrifices will be made, A lot of sleep will be lost, relationships compromised, tears and frustration, but it will be worth it, as long as it is worth it you! Ask yourself (really, ask yourself) why you are wanting to be a PA. If the first thing that you think is "for the good pay" then I urge you to find other reasons to be in this career. Much more money can be made in various ways that don't require the sacrifice and stress that being a health care provider entails. If that's your prerogative, I won't judge you as long as your patient outcomes are good. Compensation and stability are certainly factors in a career, but I think that there should be heavier weighing reasons, such as how you care for people and/or really enjoy medicine, etc. I hope this helps somewhat! But unless someone is a scientist, where their job is spending time reading these books and being in the labs nonstop as their job, then I wouldn't expect you to really "enjoy" it. This kind of science (chemistry, bio) it's nonintuitive... you have to work at it, over and over again. Just remember why you're doing it when you're in the grind and keep going ? Best of luck!
  11. That was my thought process as well. Once I made the pre-PA switch, I've had A's and B's in my chem and bio courses. Thanks for the reassurance!
  12. I've used a GPA calculator and my GPA is around a 3.2, but I still have most of my pre-reqs for PA school left. I've calculated what it would be if I was squeaky clean, and it'd be around a 3.5. That F in physics and calculus 3 really knocked my GPA down. I'm hoping that the upward trend and explaining it briefly in my personal statement about my illness and dad's death will help admission committees feel better about giving me a shot.
  13. I have been concerned about this for a while, but am just now bringing it up. I did a lot of courses (gen eds) at a community college and then transferred to my current university. I had a bad semester when my dad unexpectedly passed. That next semester, I failed calc 3 and physics (because I wasn't allowed to sit for the test due to my health condition, and no retake since it was documented after the semester was over) but I did a B in the physics lab the day before (the day that I became ill). I have a number of W's on my record and the WE's (withdrawal due to extenuating circumstances) and those 2 F's. I am starting to have an uptrend, as my health has settled. I still have most of my PA school pre-reqs to complete, my GPA is currently a 2.666 (I know.. big gasp). BUT this GPA does not include all of the credits from my community college. All of those are literally A's and a few B's with that GPA at 3.7. I guess my short question is this: Am I screwed? How is CASPA going to look at this? I understand there will be a cum GPA, science and non-science. I am not exactly sure how they will calculate everything. I have spoken to my advisor and she says that my community college course work won't be calculated whatsoever, but when looking at the course transfer equivalencies, these classes the degree level courses, which accounted for my freshman and sophomore credits. (my degree is a 2+2 which is in agreement between my state's community colleges and state schools). If someone would like to see exactly my grades or try to help me figure this out, I'd appreciate it.
  14. 6 years as a surg tech and being a navy corpsman should make you stick out and give you an advantage. I would say that you atleast will get the interview; then, you'll have your moment to shine. Statistically, it's not awesome, but when you look at you as an applicant, you would be the desired student. Best of luck!
  15. Being an EMT won't really pay much more than being a CNA, unless you work for a busy 911 service with plenty of overtime. I have my EMT license, and when I got hired I learned what the pay was and I looked at similar hospital jobs to see if there was a noticeable difference. They were maybe a $1-2/hr difference, so it wouldn't have made sense. I would look at maybe finding more hours or go with the second job you have lined up, instead of throwing a grand into a license you wont use that much.
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