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  1. It may be my state. (Maryland) Literally, not a single employer has ever even heard of a medical assistant working without an externship. One practice manager who really liked me called the NHA yesterday, & asked, "How can you certify someone as a clinical medical assistant with no clinical practice?" Their exact words? "We don't stand behind a candidate. We just let them take the test." And in Maryland, PCT's have to have a medical or nursing assistant certification, or both. Again, NO STATE LAWS REQUIRE THIS!!!!! JUST EMPLOYERS!!! It's the most frustrating damn thing I've ever experienced. :(
  2. The USCareerInstitute.com medical assistant course doesn't offer any sort of externship, or connections for you to get an externship. So, even though I passed the exam w/ an 86% after only 8 weeks, and received my CCMA, the fact that I've had no clinical experience has gotten me a "no" after over FIFTY job applications. They love my resume, think I'm a great writer, and many gave me interviews, but they all shook their heads sadly and said, "We'd love to have you, but we can't train you here." I tried connecting w/ local MA schools, to see if I could sign up and get some sort of externship through them--but since I was already certified, they said no! ??????????????? I'm starting my EMT training next month, so that will certainly help me get PCE, but I'm furious that I paid the money, investigated state laws, checked accrediting boards, and worked my butt off for the CCMA, and now have zero opportunities to show for it.
  3. Well, I'm going to apply, because basically none of what you said is true all of the time. Some incredibly high-performing medical students make crappy doctors. Some barriers keep gifted providers out of medical school. And if you haven't had to balance your own scholastic needs with the needs of a child who's *finally* getting good medical care after 12 years of misdiagnoses, then you can't accurately say who does or who doesn't have skin in the game. You sound either incredibly young or incredibly lucky. I'm happy for you either way.
  4. Well, good for them. It doesn't work that way for everyone. We have a huge shortage of primary care providers, and *IF* the clinical training turns out to be *AS* effective, then I'm glad that the door opened for ppl who didn't have the same options. (Again, please don't read this as an endorsement of the program.) Accessibility *itself* is a good thing.
  5. Ok....then just for the sake of understanding, why not invest in educating the legislators and the public, instead of literally adapting our practices to other, less-educated people's perception? People *think* antibiotics will make them feel better when they're sick. They won't, if they have a virus. Our job is to educate them about that, and not just give them what they want, because that's their perception.
  6. This idea of "moving=skin in the game" doesn't make sense to me. I can think of several scenarios, without even trying too hard, where moving would be a serious hindrance for talented people: -What about the dad who has to stay in-state due to a partial custody agreement? -What about the couple where one half has a rare tenure-track academic job? -What about military spouses? They already have a ridiculously difficult time maintaining healthcare jobs due to differences among state licensing requirements. -What about disabled people who've already invested a ridiculous amount of money into accomodations for their house? They can spend extra money to build new accomodations for their *practice*, but don't have the money right now. And selling a house w/ disability accommodations isn't easy. :( This type of program is allowing all of these people who literally have no options for career advancement to have some options. I'm not saying "This program is awesome," because I don't know this program. However, the idea that being willing and able to move should somehow denote commitment, motivation, and dedication just doesn't make logical sense. My guess is that these students will be ridiculously *more* dedicated than the average student, because an opportunity was made available to them that wasn't available previously. :D
  7. The second one on this list is my local school, the one I'll be applying to. It "recommends" at least 1400 hours, and the average # of hours that accepted students have is 2500-3000, over the last 5 years. Yeah, I'm not buying that ppl can actually get into PA schools w/ no PCE's--at least not buying it yet. If someone *did*, it would be an exceptional case, w/ a well-considered reason. (For example, I've spent 13 years caring for a daughter w/ exceptionally difficult medical needs, but that doesn't count as PCE's--even though I've had to educate actual doctors who weren't up to date w/ research on her conditions, & won a healthcare-writing award for a blog series on it. THAT still doesn't give me any reason to skip PCEs, so I can't imagine any accredited school accepting candidates willy-nilly.)
  8. Killian, how many clinical hours of training do you think you acquired, total? A NP gets between 500-1500. A PA typically gets just over 2000. It seemed, when I looked into this program, that Yale Online PAs would get MUCH fewer hours, and I didn't want that--so how many did you accrue? Thanks! Thank you for admitting that you didn't know about how they fixed one of the common objections to this program. THAT is a huge step forward for me--knowing they take academic integrity seriously.
  9. I haven't seen any evidence that said "No PCE" was acceptable for admissions....anywhere. Where are these hidden gems?
  10. The local volunteer fire department has a program where they will train me for *free* as an EMT-B if I volunteer 24 hours per month at the fire station. I'm taking them up on it. I too have a degree in a completely unrelated field, and have 10+ years of experience BEING SMART, and no one gives a rat's-rear-end. However, when I passed my CCMA course in only 5 weeks, and got a great score on the certification exam, THAT was something quantifiable that made recruiters get happy. Get a certification in SOMETHING, because it lets these recruiters know you mean business.
  11. My husband has a PhD. At first, I was in sales, then worked night shift to support us. (After Baby #1 was born.) However, I got pregnant TWICE in his first three years, despite multiple forms of birth control. (I had an undiagnosed condition that interfered w/ BC. Yay, science!) Those loans are like a millstone around our neck TEN FREAKING YEARS LATER. Do not, I repeat, do not live off student loans. There is no way of predicting the future--you may get sick, you may not get a job, you may drop out after your didactic year to care for a sick/disabled parent, you may get hit by a bus and have to spend three months in rehab, etc., etc., etc. Those aren't rare occurrences, they're real-life disasters. Loans are a bet that everything will be peachy. (Edited to add some backstory: I also had hyperemesis while I was pregnant, and was pregnant a grand total of SEVEN TIMES in 9 years. I lost three pregnancies. Adding them all up, I spent a total of 3.5 years of my life just puking while pregnant, lying on the couch, wanting to die, but having to keep going to take care of my OTHER kids. ) We have four kids now, and the oldest is 12. Which means SHE will be in college in 6 years. Do not--repeat, DO NOT live off student loans. <3
  12. Put it on a credit card, use your student loan money, borrow it from a friend, DO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO RIGHT NOW, because this is NOT a reason to turn down your top choice of a school. Seriously, it's not. Congratulations. :D
  13. Also, one thing that kind've bugs me about allied health instruction is that they don't require you to know the underlying "why" of the material--they just want you to know the *what* and the *when*. Maybe it's just my learning style, but it's a HECK of a lot more productive for me to understand the "whys" and the science behind any procedure. I don't *forget* things, or feel like I'm just memorizing a to-do list.
  14. I finished the course in 5 weeks, then spent 3 weeks just studying every night for the CCMA. The test was *not* hard at that point, but I did see some questions (a handful out of 180) that I just said, "I have no freaking clue, cause I've never seen this before," and guessed on. I purchased the NHAnow.com study guide & practice test. That had additional information not covered by the WestonDistanceLearning course. You can take the practice test as many times as you like, and *every time* you do, it will generate a new set of areas you need to study.
  15. You're not too far from me--what were the 2 urgent care companies? I live near a dozen different Urgent Care chains, but the Glassdoor reviews vary wildly. I'd love to know which ones have these structured training programs you mention. :D
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