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  1. I am considering purchasing that book (unless @OneDayPA-C is willing to mail it to me!). @ChristineQLe did you find that the book saved you time searching program's websites? I would love to find an accurate resource that outlines details like GPA and GRE stats, since often those details are not readily found online.
  2. It will depend on the schools you apply to. I used to work in a similar position and I emailed programs I am intersted in to aks if my job would count towards PCE. The answer was no because I did not interact with patients. Obviously there is a big financial aspect to this, but I took the pay cut in order to persue my dreams. Starting figuring out where you might apply and see what sort of PCE you need.
  3. I know you put a lot of effort into this year's application and its hard to be facing possible rejection. Start reaching out to schools that have rejected you for feedback to get a sense of what you lack. You sound like a solid candidate, but perhaps need something to help you stand out. Re-examine your personal statement, keep gaining PCE, and retake any courses you have a C (or lower) in. Prior to applying did you look at the stats of average matriculants to the schools you applied to? Did you include some safety schools? Try not to stress too much and enjoy your senior year. I also did not get into a graduate program when I applied senior year and though I was devastated at the time, it was the best thing that could happen to me. I am in a much better place now, as an individual and as an applicant, and feel more confident in myself and my goals. Try to stay positive... there is still hope for an interview!
  4. It is wonderful that you are trying to plan ahead! You will find as you begin college your interests may change or shift. I entered college certain I wanted to major in biology but graduated with a degree in biochemistry. My boyfriend started as a business major, switched to journalism, and ended with a degree in government. Freshman year you could take introduction to biology and introduction to psychology in order to get a feel for which fits you better. Do not get too stressed out about planning every semester just yet. Physics is not a course to fear! With a good professor, you may find you enjoy it. A degree in psychology can lead to a variety of employment, including social work or PR. When you graduate you will also find that you can be hired for positions that you do not hold a super relevant degree in. For example, my friend has a bachelor's in engineering and works for Goldman Sachs, an investment banking company. Try to enjoy your last year of high school and worry about finding your major when you have more information.
  5. Where do you want to end up after school? It will be harder (but not impossible) to makes connections and ultimately get a job in a state diferent than the one you attend school in. I would also heavily weigh cost vs reputation (i.e. provisional status). Are you okay with a larger amount of debt in exchange for more assurance of a job post-graduation? Finally, where do you see yourself being most sucessul as a student?
  6. Washtenaw Community College offers a one-credit online course. Most 3 credit courses I found are not fully online
  7. The above post says everything you need to hear. I would add... 1. You should view EMT/CNA/etc certification as part of your course load. In a way, certification in something is required to get strong PCE and get admitted. And you will find more job opportunities to gain PCE once you have certification. 2. The GRE is obnoxious but doable if you spend the time you need to learn the test. I studied using Magoosh and am very content with my score. Some people may require less time or more depending on how comfortable they are with multiple choice testing. You may prefer an instructor lead course over self-study. Find the best program to fit your learning style and schedule. Commit to a period of obsession with the GRE and you will only have to take it once. 4. My coworker just got into PA school after applying three times. She similarily cannot move due to children and her husband's job, thus has applied to the same schools each year. Sometimes admission requires a little perseverance. Best of luck!
  8. I completely agree with the above statements. Focusing on your GPA and PCE was the right choice. I would like to add that volunteering does not have to be a huge time commitment. I visit with an elderly woman with dementia once a month for four hours. Yes, that sort of time would not get you into a program with matriculates averaging 1000 volunteer hours, however, it is something to check the volunteer work box off. There are also ways to volunteer without leaving your home if traveling to a volunteer site takes a significant amount of time. A good friend of mine volunteers as a crisis counselor, which is completely online! It is super flexible in terms of schedule and a great way to commit time to helping others.
  9. I do not think the summer before college will impact your PA application post-college. I would choose the position that interests you the most. You will shine doing the things you are passionate about. Alternatively choose the position that would give you an edge job wise to attain a direct patient care position later (i.e. volunteer at a hospital that later you apply to as a CNA). You hopefully will gain some connections that could lead to a job.
  10. What resources does you school offer? My undergrad had free tutoring and the professors were super willing to meet during office hours. Figure out what your school offers to support students like you who are struggling in a class. If it is possible, arrange to meet with the professor to go over the test. This will help you understand what they are expecting of you. Studying-wise I would just what 8404PA said. Get a white board and a group of classmates to study with! Write everything on the white board and talk through it with your peers. Actually read the chapters and take solid notes. It is still early in the semester and you can still do well in Biochem!
  11. If you have an interview, then admissions is already aware of your minimum amount of HCE. Use this interview question to your advantage. Talk about the passion you bring to every day of work and how you are eager to learn more. Talk about the progress you made and memorable healthcare moments. Every interview question, whether positive or negative, can be spun into a narrative of why you are a great candidate. Be sure to emphasize that their program is the best fit for you and your career goals.
  12. Be honest. It will make for a stronger application. Just as pastudentw said, you can write exactly why you think this masters program will prepare you for your long-term goal of being a PA. If you state you want to be an admin and then poorly explain why your application will suffer.
  13. I do not think you should take a conversation with one admissions rep to mean that all schools will reject your experience as HCE. Email a few more programs to get a better sense of what's out there. If a school is willing to accept scribing as HCE, then I would be surprised if they didn't accept your position. Good luck! Stay positive!
  14. I volunteered for nearly 2 years as a case manager at a health clinic (8-10hrs per week). A majority of the work was helping low-income members of my community access health and social services, but I also made long-term connections with several of my clients and would often just be someone there to support them. I have since moved from that area and now assist the elderly at their doctors appointments by helping them express their health goals and understand their doctor's instructions (medication changes, referrals, etc). Look for opportunities online and get involved in something even if it is just once a month!
  15. HCE

    I was in a very similar situation last year. I scribed for four months while getting my EMT certification and finding a better job. Scribing helped to pay the bills (minimally I might add), made me confident with medical terminology, and helped me get my current job as an ER Tech. I do not regret it at all! I understand working a job for only four months may make you look flakey, however, many programs do not even count scribing as HCE.