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  1. In my opinion (I’m sure others will disagree) RN is not the best option. I would say to find a job working in something that doesn’t take a large quantity of time to become certified (i.e. MA or EMT) só that you can begin accruing PCE as soon as possible. If you wanted to have another option to fall back on I would say respiratory therapy, ultrasound technician, or paramedic (if you did EMT). Taking 45-60 credits will take you around 2 years, if you work full time in those 2 years you will have about 4000 PCE hours to apply with. If you have all A’s and do well on the GRE I would say you stand a chance at acceptance. If you’re gonna go to RN school then go the NP route. The only reason I say this is because it will be more cost and time effective. There are RN to NP programs all over the place. But at the end of the day it’s really up to you.
  2. My best advice to you would be to find schools that use your last 40-60 credit hours GPA, I believe there are around 9 or 10. Coming back from a 2.0 already holding a bachelors will be a very long and expensive up-hill battle. If I were you I would take all the pre reqs for PA school and get A’s. Once you’ve done that take more upper division science courses and get A’s. Also you’ll have to do better than “decent” on the GRE, you’re gonna have to do above average due to your academic history. Next you’ll need to find PCE and start accruing hours. Again, something with direct patient contact will serve as the best kind for you as you have a non science bachelors and are going to have to make up for the GPA. In regard to the masters, if it does not make your cumulative GPA above 3.0, even though you got a 4.0 you will still be auto-rejected from any school that has a 3.0 minimum. You will also need shadowing hours and volunteer hours. Best of luck
  3. I was accepted to PA school with a business degree that I completed online.
  4. Thank you all for your responses. I feel like I would also kind of enjoy this work schedule. Time will tell!
  5. The two main factors you should be evaluating are the programs PANCE pass rates and the affordability. After you’ve assessed those two options then I would say to go with whichever school feels like the best fit for you. Rankings for PA school don’t exist and anyone who has ranked them does not have a true metric by which to rank, so don’t take that into account. As far as wanting to do surgery, once you are certified the opportunity to move forward with a job or a residency will be up to you and how well you market yourself. Not where you went to PA school (unless your PA program had a residency, maybe you’d have a small upper hand).
  6. Hey! So I’m by no means an expert but I’ll give you my best advice. I applied to PA school with a Bachelors degree in Business. So I took a few semesters and completed all the prereqs. I took them at my local state college (with the exception of Genetics). As far as gaining experience most EMT programs have night classes and such that could accommodate your schedule as a mother, especially if you have a husband who is willing to play daddy day care a couple nights a week. EMT can be done in about 4 months and if it’s done at your local community college or an accredited program it will count toward your science GPA. You’ll likely need at least a year of experience as an EMT which is about 2,000 PCE hours to be competitive. Not sure what your GPA is, but the higher the better (keep in mind CASPA takes all grades and classes you’ve ever taken into calculation Including classes that were retaken for a better grade). Last thing to consider is that if your degree is not from a regionally accredited program in the USA many programs will not accept it. So I’m not sure where you did undergrad, but soundS like here if you immigrated when you were 18. If you have any other questions that you can think of I’d be happy to try and answer them for you.
  7. Hey Slater, @PACrankset has given you some good advice. However, one thing I would look at is the amount of upper level science classes you’ve taken. If you’ve taken a fair share and fell you’ve done your best then maybe moving onto a program would be your best bet. But if you feel there is room for improvement in classes like Genetics, Immunology etc, you could go that route. CASPA has a list of every course subject that is factored into your sGPA so google that and look at. A 4 month accredited EMT program will give you roughly 11 credits towards sGPA. So there are other options. Best of luck
  8. If you haven’t received a rejection you could still be selected for an interview. As people who were sent invites decline they will send more invites.
  9. I've been reading through contracts on this page for some time now. I've recently come across the 7 on 7 off work schedule. How common is this in the PA profession. This schedule is something that really interests me and I was curious as to how many of you work a schedule similar to this. Thanks!
  10. It’s definitely not ideal. But I was accepted with 11 W’s, granted they were all 5+ years ago
  11. I am trying to choose between acceptances at two different programs. All in all they are pretty equal however in the second year one program offers 2 elective rotations, whereas the other program offers a single elective rotation and a clinical research course. I was somewhat excited about the 2 elective options to get more hands on in certain sub specialties. Does anyone have any advice as to which is more beneficial?
  12. Thanks! Don't get discouraged, I'm sure that a program will see your potential and you'll be accepted!
  13. I was told by one of the directors that the candidates are chosen off of a point system. For example there are a total of 30 points available and each category has a range to earn points. For example those with a 4.0 last 60 gpa get 5 points where someone with a 3.4 last 60 might get 2. For direct patient care those with high level experience get 5 and someone with moderate may get 3. The applicants with the highest point totals get the interviews. So there are a lot of factors, but obviously those who met more preference factors and had a high 60 credits gpa got invites. Hope that helps.
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