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  1. There are also several 3+2 and 4+2 masters programs out there (my daughter is in one): you get a bachelors degree in something like medical studies or pre-med in 3 or 4 years then go right into the final 2 year PA program and get your masters. You get accepted out of high school and if you maintain a high GPA in the undergrad you are guaranteed a spot in the PA program. Hard to get in and hard course work, but worth it if you know what you want to do. If you change your mind after a year or two into college you can still switch majors into something like biology, pre-med, nursing, whatever, you're still taking the right courses.
  2. If you are an excellent student and truly driven, do as marktheshark says and do a 5 year BS+MS program. There are 20 or so programs (mostly in the northeast) that accept students out of high school. My daughter is in one. Search is your friend... BTW, if you think you may want to be an MD, there are several med schools (Brown and GW come to mind) that also offer direct entry into their programs for exceptional students right out of high school.
  3. I don't care where you go or what program you're in, those pre-reqs are going to take you 2 years to complete. You'll need Chem 1 before you can take Organic, Bio before A&P and micro, etc. No getting around the required course progressions. Quickest way may be going to a community college that offers a good selection of summer classes. For example, take Bio 1 in the spring, Bio 2 in the summer, A&P 1 and micro in the fall, A&P 2 the next spring. All community colleges are not created equal -- around here the county next to mine has much greater class selection and variety, it cost more but it's worth it to get done quicker.
  4. Another big pain with e-books in trying to go back and look at a table or chart on a previous page. Try going back to page 73 when you're on 132, then go back again. Kinda of hard to beat post-it notes or a folded page corner in a book for this.
  5. I've recently started using e-books (not text books) on an ipad. I generally like the convenience, portability and ability to read in low light, but I have observed a couple of negatives also. One, it's heavy. Holding the ipad in your hand for more than a couple of minutes becomes a pain. You need some type of stand or you need to prop it somewhere. The screen is shiny so it reflects ceiling lights really bad when indoors. I've also noticed a lot more typos's and errors in e-books, errors like paragraph breaks in the middle of sentences and long words being broken in two, like "approx imately". It's like the program that was used to convert the book into an e-book messed up and nobody proof-read it. My biggest problem is that now I'm carrying an ipad around, not a book. I can't leave the ipad in my car when I park it like I can with a book. When I get up to refill my cup at lunch while reading I have to worry about someone swiping the ipad while I'm up. All in all, I still prefer paper.
  6. This needs to be a sticky because it's asked over and over again and the answer is always the same: Retake every class you got a C or lower in and get an A. Get a PAID job as a CNA or EMT and work for a couple of years. You can do the two concurrently.
  7. Philly U does have a 3+2 pre-PA program: http://www.philau.edu/paprogram/undergradEntry/index.html The number of available seats for "traditional" applicants is directly related to how many of the pre-PA students dropped out or changed majors. A majority of their PA class is made up of these pre-PA students.
  8. I would say that grades do matter when it comes time to select your clinicals. Those who get the best grades will get the choice clinical sites.
  9. Reality Check: PA school is going to be be MUCH harder than taking these three classes at the same time.
  10. Both great programs. Northeastern definitely has the nicer campus, as in not in an urban combat zone like Drexel. My daughters friend goes to Drexel and was mugged on campus this past year.
  11. VERY few people actually like their work...but you have to make a living somehow. I'd say your experience is typical.
  12. My daughter is in one such program. If you are a dedicated and driven student, these programs are a great way to get started in life. (Note: very few students out of high school are either.) I've talked to faculty and admissions people at schools that accept both freshmen admits and "traditional" students. They all say the freshman admits do better in the last 2 years...probably because they were able to mold them the way they wanted and the students are already comfortable with the school and their classmates. All programs require you to get varying amounts of HCE before you start the final 2 years of the program. My daughter just got her CNA certification after her freshman year and will be working as such for the next 2 years. If after the first couple of years you decide you want to switch into something else, you've been basically a pre-med/biology major so you have many options. I've listed the programs in other threads...search.
  13. It's not easy to accumulate the required HCE, nor is it glamorous or well-paying most of the time. But HCE is a way to demonstrate to the admission committee your commitment to become a PA. If anyone with a biology degree and a 3.8 GPA applied to PA school they'd be inundated. The HCE requirement is a good way to screen out those who really want to be a PA from those who just see a well paying career with good job prospects. Think of the HCE as an apprenticeship to being a PA.
  14. The Drexel site says they classify applicants in one of 3 ways: degreed, pending-degreed, and non-degreed. True, Drexel says they may consider some applicants w/o a degree, but I wonder how many they actually admit? I bet it's a handful at most. I imagine "non-degreed" is reserved for unique individuals with years of advanced HCE who are looking to become a PA later in life. Is that you? Could be, but, like you say, don't put all your eggs in one basket and try to become a PA this way. It's not meant as a easy way to circumvent the degree requirement. Drexel has a freshman admit program...3 years undergrad at Drexel then you apply to the PA program. This "non-degreed" category may have something to do with those students who will not get an undergrad degree first maybe? I don't know...go to one of their open houses or give them a call and find out for sure.
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