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  1. Hi Tim, 

    I saw one of your post of the PA forum. Are you a current PA? If so, I was hoping if could come in and shadow you in California?

  2. Hi Hilary, When I graduated from CSUF, it was right after 9/11 so I had no job. I started working in the business field so naturally I got my MBA with emphasis in marketing due to the industry I was in. It wasn't until after I got out and then ENRON and Lehman Brothers happened as the housing bubble and market crash that I decided to pursue medicine. In regarding to going to JC or post-bach, GPA is GPA. It doesn't matter where you went to so long as its accepted by the school's you're applying to and you're performing well in those classes. Best of luck fellow Titan!
  3. Hi Kaia, I took Psych 101, Lifespan Development, Genetics, and stats from UOP. I know a number of people who have been accepted with less than a 3.0, but it's deceptive for one to think that's all there is to the story. The reality is, when you have so many credits under your belt and a poor GPA, it's near impossible to raise it. Taking a 4 unit class and getting an "A" or 4.0 credit only raises your GPA by 0.02 grade points. So although your GPA may be a 2.8 or 2.9, your last 120 units may actually be a 3.6-3.8 GPA. There are schools that will look at that (don't ask me because I've been out of that loop for some time), and there are numerous topics on this forum that discuss this. The best thing to do is start with making an excel document that calculates your CASPA GPA. Then figure out how many units at a 4.0 you'll need to raise your GPAs to a 3.0, then execute. While that is going on, look at programs that offer grade forgiveness, have lower GPA requirements (some schools are 2.5, 2.7, 2.9 and etc), or that focus on the last 45-60 units. GPA is only 1 stat, so make sure you are also bettering everything else like your paid healthcare experience, healthcare certifications / increasing scope of practice, volunteering, shadowing and etc. Best of luck!
  4. I'd tell them to go kick rocks and find a better paying job..
  5. I was a CPT1 ASCP PBT. The test was difficult and uses adapative testing. There was a book we used but I'll have to dig it up and find it. Our program had a 100% pass rate for 10 years in a row when I took it.
  6. NCCPA is starting an alternative facts campaign https://m.facebook.com/NCCPAcert/photos/a.424252904292643.104956.242383352479600/1471888189529104/?type=3&source=54
  7. Couldn't we get the contact info of all PAs systematically through either Medicare, NPI Registry, State Licensing / Medical board records?
  8. So in other words, premiums will skyrocket for every US citizen since everyone will have a preexisting health condition? "Sixty percent of the adult population will experience some type of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) within a 12 month period and 20 to 30 percent will have weekly symptoms. Approximately seven million people in the United States have some symptoms of GERD." http://www.healthline.com/health/gerd/statistics "Acne affects people regardless of age, gender, or race. For example, consider the following statistics: 60 million Americans have active acne (20 percent of whom are adults); of the 85 percent of young adults (between ages 12 and 24) who suffer from acne, 25 percent will have permanent scars from acne." https://www.nuskin.com/en_US/corporate/company/science/personal_care_science/acne.html "More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese. The prevalence of obesity is similar for both men and women (about 36 percent)." https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/overweight-obesity
  9. $500?! I'd consider finding someone in a more metro area like LA, the IE or OC and use that money for hotel and entertainment while shadowing a PA who isn't a douchbag charging $500...
  10. I think you're asking the wrong question. What you should be asking is do I meet the minimum requirements to apply? How far away am I from that programs accepted student stats? Am I improving all aspects of my application while taking additional courses? Is my application well rounded? 3.1.. or 3.2.. you need to be improving and padding all of your stats which include c/sGPA, community service / volunteering, direct paid HCE, shadowing, healthcare certifications / increasing scope of practice, and leadership / awards. You should always be improving even after you've submitted your CASPA, and then update the programs every several weeks in an email letting them know of your increases / improvements. This will show motivation, commitment, improvement and the drive that's needed to be suction PA school, which is what the adcom cares about. Best of luck!
  11. You need to be touching patients for PA school. There is just no way around it. It just give you the foundation you need to be more successful out of school versus having limited patient contact hours. In regards to backup degree, it's exactly what MT2PA means. There's a chance you don't get in to PA school, if that happens, then what are you going to do? I have a friend who I went to undergrad with (back in 1998-2002) who went RN after not getting accepted to PA school. Makes good money now and is happy with his scope of practice and still has the option to go to PA school if he chooses at a later time but for now is living a comfortable life with his wife and children. It's of my observation that getting a degree in premed, public health, molecular biology and etc doesn't typically end up in solid healthcare jobs. You might get a job doing sales or in administration or something like that down the line.. but the degree by itself doesn't typically result in clinical jobs.
  12. Having gone through this myself, I'll give you the advice I've given to others in the same spot: Find out your CASPA GPA by adding up all your grade points and quality points in a running total including courses you've retaken. Find your GPA that way. Now figure out how many units at a 4.0 you need to raise your GPAs to a 3.0. You'll find out it'll probably be around 60-100units more or less. Now is the time you need to figure out what is better for you, do you want to get a degree that can give you a back up in case you don't get in to PA school right away? Or do you just want to take classes without a backup plan in addition to your PA prerequisites. Know at this point, 2018 is not realistic, however, 2019 sounds more promising. Creat a plan / timeline putting milestones and goals that you need to achieve before you can move on to the next task. While you're working on your GPA, make sure to also increase your HCE and volunteer hours. Take classes and get certifications along the way to increase your clinical knowledge and increase your scope of practice as a pre-PA. Check out programs where you meet the minimum requirements and are close to the average accepted student stats and then be selective and strategic as to where you're applying. This topic has been discussed multiple times on this forum and I've give more detailed advice in these other threads. Feel free to use the search function for "low GPA" and I'm sure you'll find more insight and guidance as to your next step. Good luck!
  13. Yes, new PA program director added that for this cycle.
  14. Didn't realize you could surf in the Midwest the same day you go snowboarding...
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