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  1. moleashish

    Undergrad -> Military Officer -> PA School?

    I would advice you get PCE hours via more traditional ways, ER Tech, MA, Scribe, EMT, CNA over trying to enlist. Applying to civilian PA school directly and then applying for military scholarship (HPSP/HSCP) would be a faster way to become a PA and enter military service as an officer. The whole, joining the military just to get healthcare experience then in hopes to go to military PA school (IPAP) seems to me, a very round about way to do things. Specially, if you already have an undergrad degree. If you do join the military, you have better chance of enlisting as medic or corpsman rather than officer to gain healthcare experience. To be a corpsman you sign up for at least 5 years. Yes, you will gain experience but then applying to IPAP and getting selected is just as competitive as applying to any other PA school. This route I foresee you getting to PA school no earlier than 4 years vs going about the civilian route, you possibly can get accepted into PA school in 2 years, if you can rack up the PCE hours by the traditional methods I mentioned at the beginning. HPSP if for Navy, AF, Army however I believe Army has the highest quota for PAs with this scholarship. Navy seems to fluctuate but generally lower. This pays for tuition and gives you small stipends to live of off. Years in school does not count towards retirement years. Good for those who don't plan to make military their career. HSCP is Navy specific scholarship. Pays you Active Duty E6 pay but no tuition. Years in school counts towards your retirement years. Use this if you plan to stay in long enough to retire. You will end up taking out loans for tuition if your program cost of attendance is high. Join the military if that is what you really want to do. Just my honest thought. If you have any other question please feel free to ask.
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    Commissioning As a New Grad

    I am HSCP candidate for the Navy. Sorry I won't be any help regarding HPSP.
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    Commissioning As a New Grad

    If you're not a scholarship candidate (HPSP or HSCP), I believe direct commission is the way to go and choosing Army might be your best bet. However, contact Medical Officer recruiter for each branch and see what your options and chances are. Sorry couldn't be of any better help. I'm a scholarship candidate, so I can answer questions regarding those process better.
  4. So, you have been accepted to HSCP. Yay! Congrats! Go celebrate (reasonably of course). Then what to do, Here is what I have been learning over the course of 3 months of not getting paid. I fixed most of the issues now, so hoping to start getting paid the next pay period. Step 1. Get your Military ID made, ASAP. Step 2. Set up mypay account. It's a pain, however once you have your military ID, do yourself a favor and invest in a CAC card reader. You will be able to set up you mypay yourself. Step 3. Update Bank info on mypay. Very Important. (For some reason PSD still hasn't gotten any info about my bank account even after 2nd submission of my paperwork). Step 4. Hope and pray PSD gets these info including your BAH and start paying you.
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    Suit jacket unbuttoned...okay?

    As a guy I only un button up the jacket if I am sitting down. As soon as I stand I button it back. Just a habit. As everyone has already mentioned, whatever makes you comfortable and still look professional. Nobody cares, or should care.
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    4N0x1-Trouble finding civilian job!

    One of the biggest mistakes medics and corpsmen do before getting out is not get certified, be it MA or CNA, or any certification you can get. Our skills does not translate directly to civilian world. They do not understand our scope of practice. I was lucky to get c school and get national certification before getting out and it helped to have the military background in that situation. But if you don't have that piece of paper to prove you can do what you say you can, people wont look at you. As a corpsman I know there is a test you can take to get MA certified. If you are still in, I highly recommend you do whatever it takes to get emt certified. Having something like that will give you a bump otherwise you don't get jack shit after you get out. Another thing to consider is get BLS instructor qualification. That's should help you get maybe a teaching gig to get something started. Point is, there are many things you can do before you get out to ease your transition into civilian world. Don't think for a second that just because you were medic or corpsman the civilian world would be eager to hire you. Most don't even know what corpsmans are.
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    Interviews!

    I've used How to Ace PA School interview book and recommend that. Also if you google search, there are plenty on commonly asked questions on PA school interviews. The three questions that you should dedinately master for any interview are 1. Why do you want to be a PA? 2. Why this program? 3. Tell me about your self. These pretty much came up in one form or the other in every school I interviewed at. As for questions to ask the school, research the school and see if there are things you like about or are concerned about that school and have them elaborate on those things. Look for things that matter to you. For me was having a veteran support so I asked questions regarding those. Also practice verbalizing your answers out loud. Sit in front of a mirror and see what you look like answering these questions. (It is awkward but it helped me). Have mock interviews. Key is practice practice and practice some more.
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    Are my efforts futile?

    Take time to go through this forum and search the success stories of similar applicants as yourself. There is even a thread that's been pinned for schools that approach holistically and GPA is but one of the factors. I do recommend consider retaking the GRE if possible and to make sure you get above 300. Many schools are moving away from that requirement so its up to you. Bottom line it is only futile if you give up after the 1st and only try if this is what you truly want to be. This is a commonly talked topic with many great advices already been said many times over. Take time and research them. Then if you have any specific questions ask away.
  9. One week after the interview I received the email about being on the waitlist. One week after being put on the waitlist I received the acceptance email. For some the waiting period from waitlist to acceptance was longer.
  10. Congratulations! @hmtpnw on your acceptance. @Durian123 all is not lost yet. Many of the current 1st years were initially waitlisted as well. So was I. Stay positive and keep improving yourself. @pacplease keep your chins high. This is part of the process. I'm not sure if you interviewed or not. If you did same advice as above. If not, then then remember the cycle is not over yet. I don't know if you have other schools to hear from, many send their invitations in November.
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    HPSP AND HSCP SCHOLARSHIP

    Agreed with @vb315 . I started Dec and completed it on Mar. I might had a leg up due to previous HM experience. So, if you complete and submit by end of Nov, I think you have a good chance.
  12. Congratulations to those getting interviewed and those who got rejection, don't lose hope. This is part of the process. I'll be at the meet and greet on Oct 2nd. And if any of you are veteran let me know. We have arranged for at least one of us to be at the meet and greet to answer veteran related questions. See you guys here. Bring your a game but don't worry, it will be as relaxing setting as it can be. ?
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    The Waitlist.

    @teamsleep congratulations! Enjoy your name. I'm #teamnosleep right now in PA school. Lol
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    20 years... does it ever happen?

    Hopefully I'll make it to 20. I'm using HSCP now. Upon graduation I'll be at 9 years AD and O2E, just need that 11 more years. Upon the first obligatory service time I'll be at 12 years, probably do an expeditionary tour/duty station getting to around 14-15 years, then go ER fellowship and can last until I reach 20. Hearing the challenges of advancing as a Navy PA gives me slight anxiety though. ?
  15. Prior HM, 3 years Gen HM, 3 Cardio Texh, 1 year C school for Cardio tech. Got out as E5 at 7 years in 2011, took long to finish Bachelors, now in 2nd month of civ PA school. You already have bachelors so you're good there. The earliest you are eligible to take E4 exam is 6 months after bootcamp. Then the earliest you can take exam for E5 is 1 year after being E4. I made E4 on my second try, E5 on my third try. I came in as E1 made E2 upon bootcamp graduation. So took me 5 years to make E5. That's considered avg time. I've seen stellar sailors do it in far less time. It can be done but challenging. So have realistic goals on that. Sometimes just being stellar doesn't count, got to play the Navy games and politics. C school is a no brainer. Pick the one you are most interested in, NOT what will make you sound cool on the application for schools. I love cardio and I'm glad I chose that. You can't go wrong with any c school honestly. IPAP would be a challenge. You'll be competing with many stellar candidates. It is just as competitive. Bottom line you're going to get great training and experience. However it all depends on you to seek out all the opportunities and make the best out of it all. Good luck in boot camp and good luck in basic A school. If you have more questions feel free to reach out.
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