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  1. It surprises me that some programs still only require a C or higher for pre-reqs. All the schools I applied to required a B or higher. I had a C in gen bio I, gen bio II, and gen chem I originally during my 1st & 2nd year as a college student. I went back and retook them a few years later and got As in them. I am a PA-S now. I would retake the gen chems at least. Retaking them will show admins you're serious about your future now and willing to take the sacrifice to make it into school.
  2. Ohio has a history of being an unfriendly PA state, but it now has 5 of the 6 key elements that the AAPA emphasizes on. Look at the new legislation that was passed last year. It's not really fair to call it a unfriendly PA state now in my opinion unless you don't believe in change. Also, the Cleveland clinic is always hiring PAs. I see tons and tons of job listings all around the cleveland area. Something else is up that OP hasn't discussed.
  3. Almost every PA program's website has their curriculum with the # of credits each semester if you're interested in specific programs. As you mentioned, it varies by program. My first semester was 17 last fall, now there's 21 this spring semester. Not sure what you mean by "technically". The credit hours resemble how many hours of the week you are in a class, which always add up correctly. However, most PA classes require a lot more time studying outside of classes than your typical undergraduate class, which is what most people refer to when they say comparing credit hours to undergrad or other programs isn't fair.
  4. Sure, here's our upcoming spring semester: http://i.imgur.com/VRPQAMH.jpg.
  5. Yes. It's a partnership between Tri-C and CSU. Tri-C is a community college and awards students with the PA certificate, it cannot award a master's degree. That's where CSU comes in. You take PA classes at Tri-C in the morning/afternoon, and upper division classes at CSU in the evening. Tri-C awards PA certificate, CSU awards MSHS degree. The program used to be completely at Tri-C until the state and the nation started requiring PAs to have a master's degree to practice.
  6. A group of my classmates and I noticed that the majority of the applicants we saw during our interview days are currently part of our cohort, meaning we didn't see many people who interviewed and didn't get accepted. I would assume they don't send out a ton of interview invites if it's anything like the last cycle, but that's just an assumption. Consider yourself at good odds, but you still have to give it all you got come interview time... Good luck!
  7. That's not how it works at the 2 colleges I went to. I don't think there's a way to tell just from the transcripts. It's probably just part of the honor system, similarly to your HCE.
  8. I worked as a nursing assistant in a variety of inpatient floors including medsurg, surgery rehab, behavioral psych, mood disorders, geriatric, emergency room, ICU, and more for 2+ years. I shadowed multiple PAs in multiple different fields (primary care, hospitalist, and emergency medicine). I had a up trending GPA from the time I took my first pre-req (A&P I), everything was straight As after that including A&P I. My cumulative GPA at time of application was still only around 3.3 I believe though. I did a mediocre job on the GRE (303 I think). I did not have much noteworthy volunteering experience (one of my biggest regrets, personally) No history of research. I wrote a pretty good personal statement IMO (I'm obviously biased though) I had 3 LORs from a MD, PA, and nursing supervisor. I didn't feel like I nailed any of my interviews 100%, but I was genuine with everything I answered. Did all of this throughout my undergrad. I did not rush my undergrad or follow a program, was in school from fall 2009 to spring 2015. I was 24 years old at time of application. I had no trouble getting into PA school straight out of undergrad.
  9. I said i'll have ~$70k in student loans. With interest it'll be $92,272. This will be paid off after 120 payments. Nothing will be forgiven if I pay the standard payments because nothing will be left over according to this calculator, which is a government site dedicated to student loans...
  10. I'm confused by this calculator tool. I'm projected to have a total of ~$70,000 in student loans by the time I graduate. I put that I'm single and I'm projected to make $90,000, assuming that's the going base graduate salary in the beginning of 2018. It says my payments will be $769/mo. Multiply that by 120 (minimum payment for 10 years) and it's already paid off ($92,272)... How does the forgiveness thing even come into play?... My minimum payments would already pay all of my loans + interest in 10 years... I thought the purpose of the forgiveness was that you'd be making payments on a much lesser scale for 10 years and have a big chunk of it forgiven? Am I missing something or is this all a hoax?...
  11. It gives you appreciation for those working in nursing. Chances are good that most of you will be working with someone in the nursing field. I've been a nursing assistant for almost 3 years and I truly enjoy my job. Sure, there are crappy days, literally... but most of the time it's a beneficial and satisfying job. However, I work in the float pool in a hospital with a lot of variety (ER, rehab, behavioral psych, mood disorders, medsurg, etc...) where it's harder to get burned out as quickly.
  12. The biggest benefit for me was having access to patient's medical records and making sense of what I've learned in school at an actual clinical level. I can look at the H&P, labs, imaging, tests, progress notes, etc... and get an idea of what's going on with the patient. I've always done this with my patients during downtime, but I didn't understand what half of the stuff meant, only the stuff that I needed to know for my job. With that being said, I still stay within my scope of practice, but I think a little bit differently now. Hopefully this will carry over for when I begin clinical rotations so I won't be a lost puppy when I start examining real patients with real problems. Last but not least, I also feel like I learn something new every time I work, which will ultimately help me become a better PA. The extra $ is nice, but it's definitely not enough to make a big difference vs. just taking out loans for the said amount of money.
  13. Do you work at a hospital, or do you have more opportunities to volunteer with on-hands patient care? While you're there, you should communicate with the employees and ask them if a PA works there. Talk to the PA personally about your interest to become a PA and that you'd like to observe him/her in the future when it's convenient for him/her. If not, do any of your friends, family, or family members have any relationship with anyone in the medical field? Have them talk with their co-workers and ask the PA they work with or know if you can observe them. It's really about who you know... That's the easy way at least... Otherwise, you just have to go into a hospital/office with some confidence and ask if you could speak to the PA or have his/her contact information with regards to observing/shadowing them. Tell them you already have some on-hands experience in the hospital and that you're very interested in their career. Worse case scenario, look up some private practices in your local area. Look at their page with the physicians, PAs, and NPs. Sometimes these places will put up a work email for each clinician. Try contacting them by email. I worked in a hospital plus I know plenty of people who work in other hospitals/offices. It wasn't difficult for me to find people to shadow. The majority of the people I came across love having people shadow them.
  14. I kept my PRN job as a nursing assistant and I worked a total of 3 shifts last semester. There were several people in my class that continued to work part time. Most of them really struggled. I'd rather take extra loans out than gamble with my future...
  15. I'd definitely suggest pathophysiology and endocrinology. Pharmacology, gross anatomy, immunology, pathology, and women's health would help, but not as much as the first two.
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