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  1. Welcome! 1. Quickest path to take in order to obtain direct patient care hours There are several threads about this topic. I would recommend looking into CNA or EMT-B certification so you can get the job (EMT, ED tech, CNA, etc) you need for PCE and income. 2. Resume builders Continue volunteering! If you are a strong believer in a healthy diet you could definitely make that a part of your application. Also start shadowing PAs in various fields of medicine. 3. Am I at a disadvantage for having a major in dietetics? No. You have a stellar GPA and if you do well in your pre-requisites you will not have any problems academically as an applicant. 4. How possible is it to basically start from where I am and still apply (and get accepted) in the Fall 2018 cycle?! How many pre-requisite courses do you need to take?
  2. The culture of your school sounds different than mine and you should definitely start relationships within the established norms. I would often talk with professors about subjects pertaining to class and then eventually with time be able to speak about more personal topics. Older people love talking about their kids so that is often a subject I bring up if I know they have kids. You are smart to keep the conversation professional, however, there are benefits to gain from becoming friendly with someone, especially professors and managers.
  3. What are your class sizes like? What is the culture of your college like? Your upper-level classes will usually be smaller and thus will allow you to build the relationships required to obtain stellar LORs from professors. You have identified several situations in which you could have interacted differently and I hope in the future you do not fret about wasting a professors time. Instead perhaps consider that they are interested in getting to know their students better as well! Professors are aware you will need LORs to get accepted into any graduate school and many are trying to get to know you so they can write you a good one. I went to a small university and I had very close relationships with several professors, some of whom I did not even take a class with. If you asked, many professors would be happy to meet you in the cafeteria for lunch just to chat. I would stay after class to ask questions, go to office hours regularly, and usually hang out in the chemistry department, often in my academic advisor's office listening to music and doing homework. Not all professors are willing to be so casual, but make it your goal to get to know at least one professor per semester better.
  4. You sound like a stellar applicant! You will definitely need to explain why you are interested in PA versus continuing your RN education towards NP. I also work three 12 hour shifts per week and I have taken organic chemistry and biochemistry. I think working full-time and taking one or two upper-level courses would be completely feasible. Though orgo is difficult, it sounds like you are academically capable and with some diligence could pull this off. I would highly recommend spending the time to make a spreadsheet to see what the schools you are interested in actually require so you cover your bases. Have you asked any programs about the need for general bio? I am not sure that in your situation your lack of that lower level coursework will be a red flag. Unless it is stated as a prerequisite, I don't see why other biology coursework, i.e. genetics, molecular etc, wouldn't suffice. Out of curiosity, why can't you spread out your coursework even more? There is still time to register for most fall semesters, thus you really have this fall and then next spring and summer. More time would allow you to take more or spread everything out more evenly.
  5. Your new tactic for interviews sounds great! It will hopefully cut down on the nervous rambling and make you seem more assured of yourself. I have never heard of the rule of 3s, but it sounds like it will allow you to nail down how you want to present yourself. You want to leave an interview feeling excited and positive about your responses. I'd hope age would not deter programs from admitting you. It sounds like you have a lot of valuable experience!
  6. Did you leave the interviews feeling good? How did you prepare for them? Did you reach out for feedback last year? I worked in undergraduate admissions and I can say from that experience the best interviews were the ones that were personal. The individuals were often dedicated or passionate about a specific topic or project. Perhaps you did not stand out from your peers. Reflect on what your goals are and what you want to interviewer to know about you. On paper you sound like a solid candidate and I am sorry your hard work hasn't yet paid off! Do not give up hope!
  7. If you definitely want to apply this year then either focus on programs that do not require/emphasize the GRE or retake to get a more competitive score. Unfortunately with such little time it will take a lot of dedication to improve your score drastically. How did you study for the test? Did you take any practice tests beforehand? Magoosh (I swear I have no affiliation to them, I just use their study guide and love it) has a 1 week and 1 month study plan that you could check out.
  8. psych2PA stated it perfectly! As an ER tech I have no idea what happens to my patients once they leave the ER and thus I often do not get a full understanding of their diagnosis. If you can save money by working as a PCT then definitely go that route. Both positions will give you the PCE you need!
  9. I work as an ER tech in an understaffed hospital so I often work with float techs who work in several different departments depending on need. Through talking with them it seems like the difference between the position is centered around the goals for care. On the floor as a PCT you develop longer-term relationships with your patients and are aiding nurses in day-to-day care to ensure each patient gets the medication, hygiene, and nutrition they need. In the ER the focus is quickly discovering the problem and finding a quick solution for the emergency (i.e. EKG-->STEMI-->cath lab). As a tech in the ER I am more skilled at placing IVs, splinting broken bones, doing EKGs, etc. compared to a PCT, but I am not as proficient in other care aspects. The environments are also super different in terms of pace and stress level (this is also dependent on the type of floor, for example, a rehabilitation department versus an ICU). Regardless both positions are considered PCE and you should choose what fits you and your interests.
  10. It is super common for applicants to write about an interest in one area and graduate entering a completely different field of medicine. I have a good friend who entered medical school certain he would go into anesthesiology and is now a practicing radiologist. I highly doubt this is a huge red flag that is significantly hurting your chances at other schools. If you were offered an interview I don't think you should worry too much. The mock interview you did was worthwhile because it allowed you to think through your answers and your goals. Good luck!
  11. The pinned interview tips thread is 28 pages long and obnoxious to sift through so here's my two cents. I worked in undergraduate college admissions for several years and interviewed over 100 applicants. Obviously a PA interview is different compared to an interview for undergraduate admissions, but I gained some insight. I completely agree with colleen_1. My favorite interviews were ones that were personal, which in turn made them memorable. You also will feel more at ease if you are answering honestly and not from a script. Use online examples of interview questions to get your mind thinking and then prepare/write a list of attributes and accomplishments you want to ensure the interviewer knows (do not bring an actual list with you to an interview. This is purely for your mental preparation). This will enable you to leave the interview feeling confident that you mentioned everything you wanted to cover. Also prepare questions for you interviewer! You will hopefully be doing a majority of the talking, but it is great to give them a chance to speak as well. Pet-peeves of mine: not making eye contact, fidgeting with paper/object in hands, unprofessional dress (short skirt, cleavage, food stained clothing, etc), and obvious lack of knowledge about the programs offered.
  12. I am an EMT-B and love it, but it really depends on your interests within medicine and what you want to gain through HCE. Also I want to add that not all EMTs work on the road. You can also get hired as an EMT in an ER or Urgent Care. Best of luck! Sounds like you have a solid plan!
  13. You have great HCE. I think retake the science classes you got Cs in and if possible apply to greater number of schools so you have better chance of getting in. Why did you choose not to attend all the interviews you were invited to?
  14. It is hard to give you advice with such little information about the rest of your application. It sounds like you have come to the decision not to retake and that's fine. As said above it would be wise of you to apply to programs that do not require/emphasize the GRE. Hopefully your GPA can outweigh your lower GRE score. Best of luck to you!
  15. If you are the participant then I would not count that as HCE....