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  1. Hi everyone, Been working on preparing my application for the past 6 months now but I've been feeling average lately with my scores and experience. I would appreciate any input or advice you all might have for me. Here are my stats: cGPA: 3.3 // Last 60 units: 3.5 sGPA: 3.5 GRE: 146v 147q 4.0aw PCE/HCE: Medical Assistant at an infectious disease clinic - specializing in HIV/AIDS for 9.5 years - not quite sure how to calculate this as the last 2 years have been part time and the last year has been with the research team No shadowing hours, although I have previously worked with a PA at my clinic who is no longer there and a PA currently there who is scheduled only 1-2 times a month. Volunteer experience: 70 hours at an inpatient acute rehab facility, 35 hours at an Aphasia treatment program, and 35 hours for the East Bay HIV/AIDS annual update What I have in the works right now are more volunteer opportunities as well as shadowing an E.R. PA, and Ortho PA (paperwork in progress). I also plan to have some MD's. NP's and professors write my letter of recs. I'm just curious if this, along with an exceptional personal statement will suffice for more schools, and if not, what can I do? To be honest, this upcoming cycle, I am only applying to schools where the GRE is not required. I wanted to re-take it bu am unable to in the next couple of months. With any of your help and experience, do you guys think I'm a qualified candidate to apply? Thanks so much everyone.
  2. thank you guys! so needless to say, HCE is incorporated with PCE most of the time when the school reviews it?
  3. Hi everyone! I just needed help on how to differentiate between PCE and HCE due to my personal experience. I went on CASPA's help page and found this: PCE: Experiences in which you are directly responsible for a patient's care. For example, prescribing medication, performing procedures, directing a course of treatment, designing a treatment regimen, actively working on patients as a nurse, paramedic, EMT, CNA, phlebotomist, physical therapist, dental hygienist, etc. HCE: Both paid and unpaid work in a health or health-related field where you are not directly responsible for a patient's care, but may still have patient interaction; for example, filling prescriptions, performing clerical work, delivering patient food, cleaning patients and/or their rooms, administering food or medication, taking vitals or other record keeping information, working as a scribe, CNA (depending on job description), medical assistant, etc My issue with differentiating my hours is that I have been at my current work site for 9+ years as a medical assistant and I am just not sure how I can calculate my hours between PCE and HCE. In my role, we have plenty of PCE when we perform procedures such as aerosolized medication treatments, ear lavages, assisting the MD/NP with their clinical procedures, administering an ECG and many other tasks with direct patient care. Does anyone have advice on how to do so? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! ?
  4. Thank you! Woud you say any and all appropriate science courses would be calculated? (everything you mentioned + neuroscience, pharmacology, pathophysiology, anatomy of speech mechanisms, etc.?)
  5. Hi everyone, is there such thing as a pre-pre PA? lol jk I'm just curious how everyone is calculating their overall science GPA (sGPA). The reason I am asking is because the variety of program requirements that I have looked at all require different science pre-reqs, so when I am seeing people write their stats in, I'm just curious how its all amounting up when every program is different. Thank you in advance for any and all input!
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