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Tonev

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  1. I was breaking my neck doing all the work and interviewing stuff, for entry into a PA program with a low chance of getting in. I applied to the Nursing program at SVSU which preps you for the master in education and the family practice PhD, so I am covering all angles. Now, I will apply to a program after graduating with my bachelors, but I won't hold my breath for another year or two, trying to join organizations "phi delta kappa.", to prove that I can do and handle a physician assistant job.
  2. That's what's happeneing now at my current hospital. Where they use to get $750.00 per test during surgery it has now become $350.00 per test because the insurance company has outlined what tests they will or won't pay for. I currently see a lot of specialty areas being hit hard with this but the general practices seem to be marginally affected by the changes ("Although I do see them advertising to get more patients in now.").
  3. That's what's happeneing now at my current hospital. Where they use to get $750.00 per test during surgery it has now become $350.00 per test because the insurance company has outlined what tests they will or won't pay for. I currently see a lot of specialty areas being hit hard with this but the general practices seem to be marginally affected by the changes ("Although I do see them advertising to get more patients in now.").
  4. Well, I hate to say this but more than likely he will get in and become a PA before the people who have busted their balls to do so. I have been in the health field too long to know it's not what you know but who, this includes doctors, NP, PA, and even administrative jobs. I wish it wasn't so, but that's how the world works "Don't believe, otherwise or you will be angry, disgusted and disappointed in life.".
  5. Well, I hate to say this but more than likely he will get in and become a PA before the people who have busted their balls to do so. I have been in the health field too long to know it's not what you know but who, this includes doctors, NP, PA, and even administrative jobs. I wish it wasn't so, but that's how the world works "Don't believe, otherwise or you will be angry, disgusted and disappointed in life.".
  6. Imaging specialist as a biomedical engineering technologist ( can make a $120k, with an associates degree and 6 years experience). On a note, not to change the subject, I have to worry about third partying outsourcing and bouncing of my annual income all the time. I was told the same thing this gentleman was told, in regards to being a PA, but he worked for a grumpy neuro surgeon. I am not looking at this field and it's salary "If I was I would probably be happier doing a MSTP.", I like the fact that you can transition as a PA to different areas of healthcare and not too many careers c
  7. Imaging specialist as a biomedical engineering technologist ( can make a $120k, with an associates degree and 6 years experience). On a note, not to change the subject, I have to worry about third partying outsourcing and bouncing of my annual income all the time. I was told the same thing this gentleman was told, in regards to being a PA, but he worked for a grumpy neuro surgeon. I am not looking at this field and it's salary "If I was I would probably be happier doing a MSTP.", I like the fact that you can transition as a PA to different areas of healthcare and not too many careers c
  8. I am not a PA interviewer so don't take my word as a golden rule but if I were you, I would not apply to any PA program without having anatomy and physiology. Personally if I was an evaluator of students and I had an applicant of a PA program come across my desk with no A&P exposure, I would toss it in the garbage "I wouldn't think they were serious". I'm working my way up through things to get ready to apply to someone's PA program (looking at bachelors programs because of the money saved) but everyone I come into contact knows, I am striving to become a physician assistant (I am not
  9. I think as a EMT-B, you can possibly knock out 300 hours of hce in ten weeks (bare minimum) for a PA program. Where I am currently it's a high stress job not due to patients you treat but because of the area ( EMS has been wearing bullet proof vests in Detroit areas). Cenas, from what I see, are worked every where, don't get as many hours and are micro managed (nurses constantly dictating your day in the hospital).
  10. That's how it is at my hospital as well here in Michigan. One of the general NP (who was a floor nurse for more than five years) commands a higher salary than both PA in ER (who also were nurses for more than five years). While I am perplexed as to why they are paying NP more here than the PA, I can see this as a up and coming trend through as I think Nurses in general have a better and more coherent process of development with their programs and licensing. I could be wrong but that is what I have picked up fromthe NP and both PA here at the hospital.
  11. I was in the same situation as you but in a hybrid field (biomedical engineering technologist). I am currently taking my chemistry classes at a community college (chemistry is a pain in the *** for me) along with becoming a EMT-B/Paramedic. I'll take all my chemistry courses at the community college and my biology courses at the university I am going to attend. I would say get your science grade point average up beleive it or not with HCE like EMT-B/Paramedic and Nursing 3.0-3.2 grade average is competetive "or so I have been told".
  12. Crystal, I am currently in Michigan taking a EMT-B course and I can say eventhough it will take me 4 months to complete I feel it will be worth it. The first day I was in class the EMS administrators were giving us information on positions open through out Michigan for EMT and Paramedics. While I plan on taking the long route for my HCE by going through the Paramedic course, for me it will be worth it ("Going from a Biomedical Engineer to a Paramedic."). My advice is to pick up something you wil honestly like to do while waiting on that invite to PA school, whether it be CNA, MA, EMT-B or
  13. The staff seemed pretty friendly and eager to have me as a student. I am not 100% about the program's environment as there has been hardly any responses in regards to questions for the program on these or any other PA forums. I plan on applying after Paramedic school (should have all my pre reqs out the way). Also, I was told by several students when I visited the campus that you wanna make sure you have a car, due to the outside town being less than wanting. PCT and Medex are the only schools I am heavily looking at, due to cost and positive student feed back reviewed.
  14. I'm actually enrolled in EMU and I didn't know this! I tell you what, if this goes through, I will be one of the first jumping on board for this program!
  15. I have never been scared by a forums's words but her answer to your question made my hair on my neck stand up. Now, not saying a PA can replace a doctor in regards to the "finer" details, but usually and correct me if I wrong, a PA get into something they have an affinity for and should excel at "I hope". May be she went to one of those schools that don't require HCE? I really hope this is not the case when I go to PA school, I definantly wanna learn on what to do in any situation given and not feel I have to do 2 more years of med school and a residency to achieave this.
  16. I have never been scared by a forums's words but her answer to your question made my hair on my neck stand up. Now, not saying a PA can replace a doctor in regards to the "finer" details, but usually and correct me if I wrong, a PA get into something they have an affinity for and should excel at "I hope". May be she went to one of those schools that don't require HCE? I really hope this is not the case when I go to PA school, I definantly wanna learn on what to do in any situation given and not feel I have to do 2 more years of med school and a residency to achieave this.
  17. Well, for HCE I was a combat medic for 4 years in the military, currently taking a EMT course with a Paramedic course following (combat medic back in 1994). I have taken general chem 1 3.5, micro, 3.5, Patho 3.5 A&P 3.5 (all which I have to take over due to it being over 5 years). I'm currently a biomedical engineer (which they don't count as patient care experience). I'm gonna keep plugging away at these courses until I finish, I just hope that taking this class over again, or the general chem 1 over for better grades doesn't go un-noticed or isn't looked at as a negative or me not h
  18. Well, for HCE I was a combat medic for 4 years in the military, currently taking a EMT course with a Paramedic course following (combat medic back in 1994). I have taken general chem 1 3.5, micro, 3.5, Patho 3.5 A&P 3.5 (all which I have to take over due to it being over 5 years). I'm currently a biomedical engineer (which they don't count as patient care experience). I'm gonna keep plugging away at these courses until I finish, I just hope that taking this class over again, or the general chem 1 over for better grades doesn't go un-noticed or isn't looked at as a negative or me not h
  19. I am getting very frustrated with the general chemistry requirements I have to do. Did general chemistry 1 twice (due to getting a 2.5 the first time) and now it seems the general chemistry 2 following it will probably go the same route. While I am 39 (turning the big 40 this year) and still, currently trying to get the basics just to even have a glimmer of hope of even being looked at for a program. My question is, anyone else have or have had this much problems with a much needed class? And will this class be the deal breaker for me getting excepted within a PA program? Any advice
  20. I am getting very frustrated with the general chemistry requirements I have to do. Did general chemistry 1 twice (due to getting a 2.5 the first time) and now it seems the general chemistry 2 following it will probably go the same route. While I am 39 (turning the big 40 this year) and still, currently trying to get the basics just to even have a glimmer of hope of even being looked at for a program. My question is, anyone else have or have had this much problems with a much needed class? And will this class be the deal breaker for me getting excepted within a PA program? Any advice
  21. I'm a vet pre program, right now and I can tell you I would give two years to a program if it was set up as you described.
  22. I didn't. This was very informative for me, as I have a number of "W" grades on my transcrips along with 3.0-3.5 following in the same classes with different instructors. Very informative and very good in describing the atmosphere of the interview.
  23. I'm really interested in PA-S and pre-PA student's experience of those attending PCT, as this is probably my first choice school, for PA studies. I've talked to several of the college's registratin and counciling staff for the school (with positive responses), but a lot of the ratings talked about the surrounding environment as being less than wanting. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated, as I am really looking forward to attending this school. Thanks, ToneV
  24. As a Biomedical Engineer, I have been in the court room several times, due to patients and lowyers (being sarcastic here) filing law suites. A number of months ago, I noticed that two of the consultants they had brought in was a legal "certified" nurse practioner legal consultant and a physician assistant "certified" legal consultant. Now, I have been browsing several nursing sites and the two top PA sites (this one and PAed), in order to see how one would go about getting into this with no luck. Just wondering, if anyone on this site have looked at this or actually works for a law
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