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  1. Yes!!! It will protect you in long run. It will also allow you to understand what it actually says versus what you think it says or what the HR person told you it said. Plenty of threads here about contract mishaps...
  2. I suspect that there will be more Doctorate level programs popping up after 2020 when all PA programs have to confer a masters degree. This will mean that there will no longer be a market for the certificate/AAS/BS/ to MS bridge programs.
  3. Remember that you get a housing allowance with the Corp.
  4. Game changer! With the amount of physician residents capped by federal money, this is a way to actually increase the amount of "doctors ".
  5. I think they are awarding 25. Should hear in mid June.
  6. It is take it or leave it. There is no negotiating with the government scholarships.
  7. This is awesome!!! I work at the VA now and did not know about this. It used to be just for nurses.
  8. If those loan options are specified on your original paperwork, then they have to be honored. It is part of the contract between you and the lender (the government).
  9. You can either retake most of your science classes or get in a grad school program. Either way you need a 3.0. Once you have that you have a chance.
  10. Don't Worry about getting your BS in a specific area, just get one. Once you have it, then worry about the prerequisite classes. Many schools want them within a certain time period. Emergency management, health sciences, education, health administration, or even a paramedic to RN. Most of these programs will be cake for you. Tons of online or blended programs out there.
  11. The other big issue is that if the school looses their accreditation then you will have a very hard time getting student loans.
  12. UW Madison has a bridge program. It will only be offered for a couple more years. They are set up to take their own former students, but have taken outsiders. Class size is very limited.
  13. My wife is a vocational rehabilitation counselor, so I feel that I can answer some of your questions. I believe that your hours will count for most programs. If you have your CRC, LPC, and work independently, then you should be good. You will have to explain in your applications how your work qualifies. Most likely the average person doesn't have a clue what you do. Really emphasize the mental health aspect of your job. As for your academics go, start by calculating your cumulative grade point average using CASPA's rules. Most programs require a 3.0, but there are a few that will look at your last 60 or prerequisite grades only. Keep your professional job if possible while you take some of your science classes. Unless you can nock everything out in a year, don't rush it. You need a ton of community service, shadowing, and health care experience to be competitive. Search through the forum and you will find plenty of people that started out like you did and were able to get in.
  14. The point that I was trying to make is that you need to look all of the numbers when evaluating a program. If a school has a class of 35 and 5 do not make it through (85% graduation rate), is that better than a program that has 32 out 35 (85%) pass the PANCE the first time? This is assuming that the other 3 pass the second time around to give the second program a 100% graduation rate and a 100% PANCE pass rate - just not on the first time. I hate statistics and I hate only looking at 1 metric to evaluate something as important as deciding what PA program to attend.
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