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  1. Thanks for the advice guys. One quick question- I just enrolled in a CCMA program (140 hours lecture + 160 externship). As I work full time, would it be difficult to get a part time MA job that only works evenings/weekends? Sorry if it's an obvious question, as I have zero healthcare experience, nothing is obvious to me at this point unfortunately...
  2. Thanks! I can see how working full time while taking night classes could be tough, especially those are difficult science classes...I originally planned on doing everything (prereqs, GRE and PCE) in two years and now think this might take a little longer than that.
  3. Thank you for the advice. I see what you mean now. I have applied to be a volunteer at a hospital and registered for a Certified Nurse Aide program. Gotta start somewhere right
  4. Thanks! I am hoping to see if I could take all 35 credits of prereqs and GRE within the next 2-2.5 years and also getting some PCE along the way. I live in Houston and the two schools here (Baylor and UTMB) do not require PCE hours. But I’m sure that most applicants will have quite a few hours. I agree with you in that getting PCE would be the big thing for me, especially given that I work full time in a non medical related field. Would it be naive to think that if I have competitive gpa, GRE and a few hundred hours of PCE, combined with the case that I’ve worked full time while acquiring those results, that I’d have a decent chance at a PA program that does not require PCE hours? Or is it pretty much given that your chances are low anywhere if you don’t have enough PCE hours? Thanks for your help!
  5. Thanks for the info! That was very encouraging. I have a few friends I worked with at Ernst Young (public accounting) that decided early on that accounting wasn’t for them. One quit to become kindergarten teacher, one quit to go to police academy, and one quit to go to veterinary school. At the time, I thought they were crazy for leaving a job we all worked so hard for. Now four, five years later, they have completed the switch and are in career fields that they truly enjoy. It seems like it took you about four years in total for the prereqs and GRE while working a job that would get you PCA hours. Were those years pretty rough? I’m trying to access if it’d be at all possible to do all the prerqes (35 credit hours), take the GRE, get some PCA hours, while working full time. My full time job is pretty relaxed (8-5) and no overtime or weekend. No kids and a very supportive husband. It just seems like there need to be so many things going on simultaneously in order to prep for A PA program that I want to be as efficient as I can but also not sign up for too much too soon. Thanks!
  6. Hello! I'm new to this forum and it's great to see so much information. My background is nontraditional for a potential PA program applicant. I have a bachelor's (2010) and master's (2011) degree in accountancy and have been working full time as a CPA. I have been considering switching to the medical field for a couple of years and decided recently that now is as good a time as any and I need to just do it. I recognize that I have a very long road ahead given the fact that I have no science background and also will be working full time while taking prereqs and geting PCE hours, so I would really appreciate any advice that you may have. I am motivated and willing to put in the time and effort needed plus more. Please also feel free to share the stories if you've worked or studied with someone with a nontraditional background like mine through your pre-PA journey. Cumulative GPA (3.6 for undergrad and 3.4 for master) Science GPA (n/a- starting prereqs at local college) GRE scores (took GMAT in 2011, aiming for 320 for GRE) PCE (starting CNA license course to prepare for part time/volunteer at nursing home, etc) Thanks everyone! Again, any advice is appreciated
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