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  1. A direct admit NP program (a BS/BA in anything is required) around here is 3 years and about halfway through you’re an RN and work, though how much I’m not sure. A PA program aroung here is 27 months (after your prerequisite classes are completed) or so and you normally don’t work (except during the prereqs). After you get your RT, I’m guessing you could work contingent, though not so much as it could affect your academic performance. You certainly could work fulltime during your prereqs for both the money and to get healthcare experience, which is normally required for PA. Being 45 is not really an impediment. I was older when I started and I see students like you in PA school fairly often. Your business background is a plus. I’m sure that others here have opinions that they’ll soon share. My advice is to find an academic coordinator at each of a local PA and direct admit NP program and talk. Good luck! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. UGoLong

    GPA - non traditional applicant

    In our lives, we meet lots of people with dreams. Some will attain them, some won’t, and others will change their goals on the way. To me, our role is to help who we can. Yes, it can be tough to reach a goal and many won’t. At the same time, it is surprising what can be overcome with hard work and perseverance. Let’s not take away hope from the seekers in the name of “realism.” I know a guy who escaped to America with only a gym bag of clothes and little English skills. He’s in PA school right now. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Very true. And there are prices to pay in management. The plus is that you have some power to help careers beyond pure mentoring. I did it for 15 years or so back in the late 70s through the early 90s, enjoying some of it and not so much dealing with the internal stuff. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Boats, Sounds like you’ve got your head together on this and that it’s something you really want to do. Being the boss has advantages and disadvantages and you’ll learn about both along the way. To me, the best part of management was mentoring. Someday you’ll look around and remember all the careers you helped to start. Good luck! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. UGoLong

    GPA - non traditional applicant

    I’m sure that’s true. My point is that it shouldn’t stop the OP from applying, rather than telling him (or her) that a 20-year-old GPA is, by necessity, a reason for never applying. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. UGoLong

    GPA - non traditional applicant

    I don’t know about other programs, but a human being looks at our applications. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. It doesn’t sound like you have had a chance to meet the medical director yet to sound him/her out? Or meet the people you might end up managing? I know times have changed, but maybe they would want to either meet and evaluate your management style now, or else wait until they’ve worked with you for a time before deciding to put you in charge. If the latter, then getting some agreement as to what the process will look like, who will make the decision and when, etc would be in order. Good luck! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. UGoLong

    GPA - non traditional applicant

    If it has been 20 years, I doubt many schools will pay all that much attention to your old GPA. How many credits are involved in your recent GPA and have you taken anything additional to the basic requirements to demonstrate your abilities? My favorite one to see there is pathophysiology, which is often not required but is a pretty good facsimile of some of the PA coursework. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. UGoLong

    Interview attire (Men)

    As long as it serves a purpose. If it’s just a fashion accessory, leave it home. All you really need is a folio or something small to keep whatever they may give you. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Very much program by program. None of the schools I applied to cared where you took your prereqs. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. This is the best advice I have to offer, especially to someone who is probably trying too hard. I had posted it in another thread and here is is again: ------ This is a topic that has been addressed several times from lots of different perspectives. Let me give you mine. I'm old now, so I've been the interviewer way more times that I've been the interviewee. Some day, you will have too. I used to feel nervous then the the same way you do now. My life interview lesson: being the interviewee is not hard if you stop worrying about how you're doing and just "be." If you've too nervous, or over-rehearsed (usually easy to spot), you'll have a problem. Oh: knowing something about the program you've applied to is not "over-rehearsing"! The interviewer has read all the stuff that CASPA collects about you. Someone else at the school has read all that and recommended that you be invited. Why? To see what you're really like. Are your personable? Do you work well in groups? Can you think on your feet? Would they like to have you in class? Are you going to be a problem child? Can you take answer a question in 30 seconds? Can you briefly explain why you're here? What you think about your "C" in organic, or whatever, without making excuses and instead explaining why the experience made you better or stronger or wiser? Take the opportunity to interact with the other applicants. If you are in a group interview and someone else gets to answer a question first, look for ways to acknowledge what others have said and nicely build on it. Don't be competitive. I know that sounds counter-intuitive because you had to compete for the interview. But now you're among peers and hopefully future PA colleagues. It's time to play nice. You don't have to be gregarious, but you have to be willing to smile, be responsive, and share something of yourself when asked. I've described this before as acting like you're meeting your boyfriend's or girlfriend's parents for the first time, for those of you that are closer to that event than you are to your 50th wedding anniversary. You know: be yourself, but on a good day! What sometimes gets in the way is that you think your whole future depends on doing well in this one interview. Like you're the field goal kicker trying to win the Super Bowl with seconds to go. "If I miss, my team will lose, the coach will be mad, I'll get cut, another team won't hire a loser like me, my family will leave me, and I'll have to beg at an intersection to make a living..." Sounds funny, but we all can go go to a place like that when we panic. And these outlandish thoughts just make us tighten up and not be ourselves! In reality, this interview is only one event on one of many paths to this goal, which is only one of the many goals you'll have in your life. The more you fixate on it and tighten up, the worse you'll probably do. So get some rest, tell yourself that it is not the equivalent of match point in your life, and just do your best. You may be asked a bizarre question, like if you could be a body part, which one would it be and why? Is there a right answer to that? Of course there's not! Just roll with it and think on the fly. And, when you're done, having left an impression that you are a balanced, personable human being who has learned something from being alive this long while pursuing difficult goals, be satisfied with that. You don't have to be mistake-free in your life -- no one is. But only that your experiences -- good and bad -- have made you who you are. And that is good enough. Good luck!
  12. UGoLong

    Laptop suggestions?

    Talk with current students at your program and see if both groups are happy. You can never tell given the variety of teaching tools. In the classroom, a few times each year, I teach interpretation of labs using an Excel tool that requires Visual Basic for Applications in the background and the Apple users migrate over to fellow students with Microsoft-based computers because of that. Only a few times per year, but something to consider. Your school might do stuff that makes Apple a better platform as well. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. I’d really like to help but (a) no context as to why you’re asking so many questions and (b) it will take too long to answer them all in writing. Tell us what you’re up to, please. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. It’s the difference between being in it together vs being just a means to someone else’s ends. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. UGoLong

    Age of Pre-reqs

    Everywhere I’ve seen this it is time since course completion. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

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