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  1. Thanks, all, for your input! I appreciate it!
  2. Would it be okay have a PA who knows my character, my academic ability, and my work ethic very well but OUTSIDE of a clinical setting (didn't shadow her, didn't work with her in HC setting) write me a letter of rec? She is a mentor and I've known her for 4+ years but I've been unable to shadow her due to timing/distance/other factors. She could write me a killer LOR but I fear that it might not be "good enough" for my schools since she hasn't officially seen me work in a clinical setting. When I told her long ago that I am applying to PA school, she said she would be happy to write me a letter. What do you think? Thanks in advance!
  3. Hey y'all! Thanks to everyone for your thoughtful responses. I wanted to give a quick update...I got a job! I'm now working as an ophthalmic technician, and I'm thrilled to say that all the schools I'm applying to accept this as PCE. Excellent. I'm hoping that I can work as many hours as I can before submitting my applications, and though I recognize schools don't accept future/planned PCE, I hope they understand that I'll be working full time for the next year in this job and will gain lots of experience. And if I don't get in this cycle due to my lack of PCE compared to others, well, l'll have racked up lots of hours for next cycle! Thanks again, everyone!
  4. Thanks so much. I appreciate your thorough and helpful response. I'll look for EKG tech positions open in my city, and try my best to wriggle my way into a PCE job. Otherwise, I'm thinking about taking a CNA class after I graduate--which will definitely open up more options. Thank you for the info!
  5. Thanks so much. I appreciate your thorough and helpful response. I'll look for EKG tech positions open in my city, and try my best to wriggle my way into a PCE job. Otherwise, I'm thinking about taking a CNA class after I graduate--which will definitely open up more options. Thank you for the info!
  6. Hi everyone! Confession: I'm struggling to find PCE. I'm graduating with my B.S. in Biology next month, and throughout college I've had some healthcare jobs and what might (might might might) constitute as a PCE gig (I was a caregiver for a girl with cerebral palsy for the better part of a year--LOTS of hands-on, medication-giving, bathing, wiping, feeding, teeth-brushing, etc. experience, as she was unable to do these things herself). I say it might count because it isn't in a traditional clinical setting, but I've had several people (PAs included) tell me they think it could count. So, I dunno. I'd love to hear your thoughts, if you have any on that matter. Anyway, I am going to give it a shot this application cycle, as my grades, GRE, shadowing, and LORS are good, my only weakness being PCE. But, I need a job. I'm about to be thrown out into the world for a year (or two, or three...however long it takes me to get in!) before beginning my program. I want patient care experience--I also want a job that allows me to pay rent. My question is...how do I find this great PCE job?? I have applied to dozens and dozens of them, and have come out with nothing. I don't have my CNA, or CMA. Some jobs I've applied to require neither, as they are private practices and just need a medical assistant for an extra hand. I could get a certification this summer, and I suppose that would be a good way to ensure employment come fall. Do y'all have suggestions? Is there a better way? What did you do? I appreciate any advice! *ALSO: just to make clear, the schools I'm applying to (all in Texas) don't require PCE but recommend it; it would make me a stronger applicant next cycle if I don't get in this year if I stacked up some good hours, but, like I said, I'm a strong applicant in the other components of my application which makes me feel a little bit better.* OK, go! Thanks so much in advance for your advice!
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