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  1. I'll be the fourth person or whatever to tell you not to take ochem/biochem together. They SHOULD be taken as a series and not co-requisites. I personally found biochem harder, but that's just me.
  2. Just my opinion but I don't think it would be an issue. If anyone asks, you could say something like you found the course content interesting or you wanted to stay academically engaged before beginning PA school. There are a whole slew of reasons why you might be looking into taking a course in spring and it shouldn't be any of an adcoms business why. As for someone mentioning you aren't allowed to take classes, I find that hard to believe. For pre-reqs absolutely, there usually is a deadline or only 1/2 can be in progress etc. But to flat out say, during the duration of this process we forbid
  3. I would say no unless you have an interest in using the biotech degree. If it's just an immediate stepping stone to PA school I would recommend looking elsewhere to improve your chances. 40k is a lot of money, not to mention you will be losing the opportunity to gain PCE and income by working some more. Your grades are OK and are certainly not poor enough to warrant an entire masters degree to repair it.
  4. My understanding is that your job description/duties are far more important than your title or certifications. As long as the work involved direct patient contact, preferably in abundance, you should be golden.
  5. If anyone knows of an opportunity to shadow a PA in the SFV in Los Angeles, please share! I am a 24 year old graduate from UC Berkeley looking to apply to PA schools this April. I haven't had the opportunity to shadow a PA as of yet and am eager to learn firsthand about the field.
  6. Thank you everyone for your input.
  7. I've worked at a few different facilities as a CNA in search of my PCE hours. How does it factor into applications if I've only worked at a facility for a few days/weeks? I started at Facility A, which was several hours from my house. After 24 hours (3 shifts), I informed them that I couldn't handle the transit and ended up moving to their sister facility which was closer to my house. I then worked at Facility B for several weeks (~100ish hours) but only in a part time capacity. They were unable to offer me full time, so I left for another facility which did offer me full time. I am currently
  8. I've been working as a CNA for a couple of months and I haven't particularly enjoyed it. I'm trying to figure out if my unhappiness is a sign that I should look elsewhere for a career in healthcare, instead of PA. Currently I work in a rehab/LTC facility and the job is pretty draining for me. I don't mind most of the bodily functions associated with the work or the physical closeness with patients. I think what bothers me the most is taking care of patients who are mentally out of it to an extreme degree. One of the ladies that I have to get up in the morning cries endlessly and it's horrible.
  9. I feel for your situation and will try to give you my honest evaluation of your situation. The SMP is going to sting. Outside of A/P, which I'm assuming you took alone (4 units at a time), the SMP is the majority of your recent coursework. So when schools look at your app, they are going to see that your most recent academic performance is poor, or at least below the 3.0 cutoff. You're going to have to convince adcoms that you are up to the challenge of PA school. To that end, I would encourage you to enroll in more coursework (science classes and any lacking prereqs). Try to take a full
  10. Would Colorado be near the cost of USC because you are out of state? (Guessing from your name).
  11. I'm sorry to inform you that you are, in fact, a "lost cause". Sending thank you notes after the interview process in a prompt fashion is absolutely vital for one's chances for admission. Failure to complete this step foreshadows the kind of careless, negligent practitioner you are likely to become and any school would be right to look elsewhere for students. I really have a disdain for the whole thank you notes after an interview for schools/jobs. It feels so cheap and insincere. You aren't sending it because you are thankful for their time, otherwise you would send it regardless
  12. I am in a little conundrum and seeking some advice. I recently got my CNA license in August and have been working the last few weeks at a health/rehab facility. The facility only had me working part-time so I accepted a full time position somewhere else (night shift). The part-time facility understood why I wanted to leave and offered to put me on call. I accepted, but then they mentioned that they had an opening for the Social Services Director full time (they knew I had a B.A in psych and so asked if I was interested). I don't know any details about compensation but I am intrigued by the pos
  13. Seems like you're really trying to squeeze it in to two years. I'd recommend not; those potential schedules are brutal. Have you taken any science classes? A lot of them, and particularly the commonly required ones, are brutal for most students. Each class takes a while to study for and to do well you need to be really focused on. Then trying to fit in your medical hours in too, and it's gonna be tough. Especially if you apply next year. You'll have a ton of your prereqs in progress which is the same as having a big question mark over your head for schools.
  14. More or less my thoughts as well. OP we are random internet people. Be honest if there's more to it and you might get more useful feedback. I promise I won't judge lol
  15. Probably (but really you should dig deeper to make sure) nothing will come of this. You likely can apply, interview, and be accepted without this transgression ever being brought to light, provided there's no documentation of it from your undergrad that would be automatically sent with a transcript or something. What everyone else said is true. In really just about every profession in the medical field, providers need to be capable and professional. You can't switch that on/off either. Better make sure this is the direction you want to go in, because you can lose your job and license if
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