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  1. I personally did not send Thank You cards at all. It was a personal decision. Although when wrapping up my interview, I thanked each one (by name) for even considering me. I figured a note of thanks would not sway them one way or the other. I start my PA program in 5 days. I just think it is a toss up as to what one wants to do in this situation.
  2. I'm 48...spent 20 years as an Respiratory Therapist....Start PA school in May.....anyone who says I am too old will get bopped in the head...;) lol!!!
  3. I'm 48...spent 20 years as an Respiratory Therapist....Start PA school in May.....anyone who says I am too old will get bopped in the head...;) lol!!!
  4. Congratulations of getting married....YEA for you! She was informing me about housing, and to brush up on some A&P, Pharm, and Patho. I have been doing a little studying, but really I have just been enjoying some down time. I had pushed so hard through the last year of undergrad my brain was a bit mushy....so the last 9 months have been about my family. I wonder if I will be the oldest student....geez....the pressure to be the most mature...rofl! Don't waste your energy defending OUR program....It is the best of both worlds....and as far as specializing? I am coming back to practice in Harrison, Arkansas...or the rural areas here in the Ozarks. When I was approached by one of our surgeons about working for them when I graduate, I told them I would not have any "surgical" specialized training, unless I chose a few weeks in a rotation. He said, not to worry...THEY would teach me...isn't that what the MD's do??? LOL I am just ready to get started, and finish this last "leg" of my journey. I miss patient care right now...I miss seeing patients....Codes, Trauma, ICU, PEDs and yes...even basic floor therapy.....;) WE are well rounded clinicians, because RT's have had to morph and adapt. I have seen so many changes.....from using a bell jar to obtain PEEP on an MA-1 to the latest LED screened laryngoscope. (telling my age BIG TIME) ;) I bet Tilly is a darling....I don't mind sharing space in ND, nor drive time. We will have to chat about that. PM me your email address...and I will send you my email address.....we can go from there!
  5. As a fellow RT, and one who will be joining you at UND! CUDOS!!! Honestly the one thing an RT and a PA have in common is how underestimated and misunderstood each profession is among other healthcare professions. I have met so many new PA grads who come out of school with NO prior HCE except what they obtained in PA training. As I have stated in prior posts to this tread...I do not need interaction in a classroom...and "Blackboard" is live time....so it's not like the online student is not participating together. I look forward to meeting you in May!
  6. Hi TIM! Can't wait to start school....how about you? I wonder how many RTs were admitted? I have been in touch with an UND-PA grad who has mentored me a bit. I have been following your thread about "online vs. onsite" education. LOVE your responses! I chimed in earlier in the conversation but felt no need to defend my personal decision of attending UND. I have geared my whole undergrad for their program...so it was counter productive...I was getting a bit fired up! (lol) So....Tell us a little about yourself ?? You are in St. Louis and a fellow RT. I am looking forward to meeting you....along with the rest of the class. Best Regards, Lisa
  7. I cannot disagree with you on the fact there may be others who could and will take advantage of cyber education. (cyber sex, I know nothing about) The UND program is not for everyone, and is not everyone's cup of tea. It has however stood the test of time. It certainly is not the last ranked school in the country either. I also feel there are those younger than I who need to be away from home to build the life experience needed to handle overall stress. At 48, you will be hard pressed to find stressors I have not encountered. After leaving one profession with the pure intent to obtain a higher education in another was not an easy decision, and being the "more mature" undergrad was humbling. Be that as it may, I am proud to continue the path I have chosen in obtaining my PA education at UND. I am certain I will miss out on aspects which you point out. Will that make me less of a PA? I don't feel it will because I know my drive and determination to be the best. I guess I have more faith in those who are educating me, and those who will educate me through my clinicals. I am thrilled to be allowed a chance to build upon my RT career. Others opinion of the program is just that....their opinion. I do respect what has been said, but not with the indigence of the tone. Maybe it is the "Fighting Sioux" starting to come out in me. Maybe I felt the catty comments would be left behind the higher ones education became. It is what it is, I suppose... Best of luck everyone...in school, career, and life. ....Either way...I am ready for this journey to begin..:)
  8. Classic. Again, an education is what one makes of it. However disregarded by others who feel the need to kick around the design of PA programs; perhaps to make themselves feel better is the last thing I would have ever thought I would see in a forum set up to help promote and encourage this profession. Have you ever investigated the UND program? If one can only obtain an sub-par education, why is it still in existence? What I do know, is is will not matter the school name on my diploma. What will matter is the PA-C after my name, and the good work I intend to do in my community. Scoff, make fun, down, and slam the educational programs offered for those of us working toward our goal....No matter to me. I start the journey of my life in May, and I promise my NEW profession to work as hard as I have in my last profession; to be the best, and to provide good solid health care to those in my care. ( Wow...I CAN reach that far to pat myself on the back....no surgery needed) ;)
  9. I have been a Respiratory Therapist for 20 years. All with HAND ON experience. I have been admitted to the UND-PA program, and I am proud to say it was my first choice. FIRST, because I do live in a rural portion of the United States, I would have had to move where ever I had been accepted. (All three programs I applied accepted me) I feel I will obtain a perfectly wonderful education, and being allowed to do my clinical rotations in my home town and my home state is something I am grateful for. Education is what one makes of it. Whether a student is being spoon fed while sitting in front of a professor or sitting at a computer screen. Don't let "online" education fool you. There are no study groups, no one to drag you through it but yourself. I shadowed and worked beside PAs who have graduated out of the nations top programs. If anyone would have snubbed their nose, or wanted to direct me in a different direction, they could have. What I heard was "YOU" will get one hell of an education, no matter WHERE you are going....because YOU want to learn." So....I will let you know May 2014, after I pass my PANCE how my education was at UND. I am proud to have the opportunity to be chosen for their program. The PAs here believe in See one, DO one, Teach one.....I assure you I will be MORE than an adequate provider. I have already had more than a few job offers.
  10. Make a list of pros and cons...Do what feels best for you personally, not upon the ranking of others. What has the most weight for you? In the end, it is a personal journey of your future...not only professional but of your life. I will add, any education, regardless of ranking is what a person makes of it. I have seen HC professionals with fancy diplomas on their wall, but are the worst in the profession. Seems they relied on the name of institution to get the job, yet forgot their training. As in all things, one has to keep the total bigger picture in perspective. Best Wishes on your journey...:)
  11. My understanding is any field which has had hands on direct patient care. I am a respiratory therapist with 20 years HCE, I was accepted into their program which starts in May. This program was once only open for nurses with their BS. It was only a few years ago they opened up for other medical professions. I do believe because of the format of the UND program, one must have a firm grasp patient care and all which this encompasses. Good Luck in your hunt for the right program. I too investigated many options, but felt the UND program was the best fit for me. Things to remember are to have a strong GPA in your science classes, obtain as much HCE as possible, and shadowing of PAs in your area. I also recommend the books by Andrew Rodican. "Getting Into Physician Assistant School" became my "Holy Grail" so to speak during the process of application. Best Wishes!
  12. My understanding is any field which has had hands on direct patient care. I am a respiratory therapist with 20 years HCE, I was accepted into their program which starts in May. This program was once only open for nurses with their BS. It was only a few years ago they opened up for other medical professions. I do believe because of the format of the UND program, one must have a firm grasp patient care and all which this encompasses. Good Luck in your hunt for the right program. I too investigated many options, but felt the UND program was the best fit for me. Things to remember are to have a strong GPA in your science classes, obtain as much HCE as possible, and shadowing of PAs in your area. I also recommend the books by Andrew Rodican. "Getting Into Physician Assistant School" became my "Holy Grail" so to speak during the process of application. Best Wishes!
  13. I did contact them....I never heard anything back.....I have taken my first offer of acceptance. For me, UC-D is off the table. Good luck everyone!
  14. Thank you for posting this....I was hoping it would be okay to keep my RT credentials. I am very proud to be an RT. I am also very proud to have been a part of the professions progression of being thought of as mere "Ventolin Jockies." No one really appreciated us (back in the day) except the COPD patient. ;) The rest were usually coding or on a vent and didn't know who was at the head of the bed trying to save their lives.....Again Thank you for validating how I wanted my name tag to read. :) :)
  15. I would be a Respiratory Therapist...which I have been for the past 20 years.....until I decided to be a PA. In 2 years, PA-C will be after my name...instead of RRT!
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