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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 othe
  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 volunteer
  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 l
  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 ro
  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
  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.
  16. Cuyahoga community college (Tri-C) and CSU. Requires bachelors degree, awards masters degree. It isn't any easy to get into than any other PA school of that's what you're after. Also, it'd be silly to seek a AS or BS PA program in this era...
  17. Keep your head up. I had 3 Cs during my first 2 years of college (gen bio I, gen bio II, and gen chem I) that I retook and got As in. I too had an upward trend in my GPA. Had no trouble getting into PA school. Good luck
  18. I had Cs in gen bio I, gen bio II, and gen chem I during my first year of school. I had a low GPA. I retook them at another university along with other classes and got As in everything for 2+ years straight. Got my bachelors degree with a 3.45. I think it was ~3.3 at time of application. Got into PA school without a prob. Every one of your prereqs should be a B or higher. Every school by me required that at least... What's the other o chem class?
  19. Mock interviews are really helpful. None of your answers should be memorized. Just be yourself. It's normal to be nervous, but try telling yourself it's excitement instead. Have a positive attitude going in. Making a mistake here and there won't hurt you. They expect genuine answers that aren't always the best over scripted perfect answers. Give yourself time to think when you get those behavioral questions. They don't expect you to answer immediately. Give them some reasoning behind why you made the choice and that's all there is too it. There's never a right answer and they know it. Give the
  20. Check out the recent SB 110 legislation that was passed and put into effect last month. It now has 5/6 of the key elements, which is more than most states.
  21. Nothing to feel bad about, unless you keep waiting until last minute... Just send them an email letting them know you have been accepted to another school that you preferred to go to.
  22. Everyone is different. I started with notebook paper and pencil. I switched to using my laptop about 2 weeks into my first semester. I know a couple of people in my class that use their iPad and they mentioned Notability is a good app.
  23. Are you already finished with your undergrad or do you still have time to raise the GPA up? What about all your pre-reqs? You could do post-bac to bump up your GPA if you're worried. New programs are not easier to get in. I got accepted to more than a few established programs, yet I didn't even get an interview to a new program that I also applied to.
  24. The pathophysiology courses you take in PA school are probably the toughest courses you'll take. I would definitely advise taking it in undergrad to not only make yourself a better candidate, but to prepare yourself for the brutal course ahead. I would just take medical terminology online if your school offers it. You'll get most of your medical terminology from other classes and through your HCE.
  25. We have a lot of students in their 40s, 30s, and late 20s in our PA class. I should mention that the majority of my class is married or has a significant other. A lot of them have kids and a family to take care of as well. You're not even close to being considered in the "am I too old for this" category. FYI, comparing nursing school to PA school is like comparing a high school chemistry class to a college biochemistry class. You'll be busy in both programs, but the material is on a completely different level. Our professors treat us good and they are our future colleagues. Preceptors are
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