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  1. I’ve recently been offered a position as a dialysis tech in an outpatient center. I shadowed the other day and the staff seamed friendly. My main duties would be weighing patients, cannulating them and setting up the machines, drawing labs, and monitoring their vitals throughout treatment. This all would be under the supervisions of an RN. I would work 8 and 10 hour shifts. I was hoping someone who has worked as a dialysis tech or knows someone who has could give me feedback about their experiences. I do already have 2 years experience volunteering as an EMT-A on a fairly busy service and plan on continuing to do so. I have also been invited to interview for a medical assistant position at an urgent care, but the interview is after the deadline to decide if I’m going to accept the dialysis position. The pros I see in working as a dialysis tech: Getting to know my patients and their cases. Experience in the chronic disease side of medicine. Cons: It’s could be repetitive work and I would really only learn about kidney disease.
  2. I wish at 18, I would've chosen the pre-pa route and gotten an associate's degree in DMS or an echo cardiogram tech then continued to get certified in different specialties. I may have taken pre med courses as well. Became a CNA and worked in many different specialties, hospitals, hospice, nursing and rehab facilities for experience, money, connections, letters of recommendation, on the job training to get certified in imaging, phlebotomy, resp tech, occupational or physical therapy technicians, basic EMT 1-IV, ER tech, pharmacy tech, and become a American Red Cross CNA trainer or at least CPR, AED, BLS, first aid and phlebotomy instructor's. Setting up blood drives, charity events etc. Too many ideas to count. I know now that being a healthcare professional is my calling. Some ppl can just play the piano, which I can't, but medicine/biology/anatomy, makes perfect sense. But, I'm 40 now, and my Psychology degree I got in 2001 afforded me sales positions from food broker territory manager, pharmaceutical sales, animal diagnostic laboratory sales manager. I worked from home and travelled all over. I liked being my own boss, and other's as well. I then became a seller and writer of mortgages. Now, I have been on disability for 10yrs and am ready to do what I was meant to. I just wish I was younger. That's why it's important for me to manage my time and not waste a minute doing something that isn't going to help me get in a program.
  3. I am looking to submit by tonight and would appreciate the help. I would prefer if you are a PA, work at the pa school, admissions, or something of this sort but all help is definitely welcome. Please PM me if you can provide some assistance cMore
  4. Hi everyone. I am planning on applying for my second time this upcoming April 2019. This past cycle i decided to apply in June 2018 and didn’t get my apps in until late July. I just applied to two programs that i already qualified for. I think my main error last cycle was applying so late and to so few schools. I should’ve just waited until this cycle, but it is okay because now i am more prepared and have a bulkier application. If anyone could give me advice on areas to improve on that’d be great! Bachelors in Respiratory Care (2017) cGPA: 3.4 (Caspa 2018 calculation) sGpa:3.4 (Casap 2018 calculation) Since last cycle i have taken or i plan to have completed before this cycle: Bio 2(A),Chem 2(A), Genetics (A), Orgo I (TBD, estimating a B+ to be on the safe side), Stat (TBD, est A). This should bring my GPA up to at least a 3.5 - 3.6ish? 3,300 hrs PCE as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (full time current career) 100 hrs volunteer/HCE medical mission trip to Peru. 25 volunteer hours from various events in college 500 hrs leadership experience for running student run organization in college(dance team) 4 years of being on college dance team. 700 hrs non HCE work as nanny of 3 children including one autistic child 24 hrs PA shadowing (cardiac surgery, critical care/pulmonary, plastic surgery) GRE: scheduled for March 30 (have started studying, hoping for a 300) LOR: 1 PA I shadowed, 1 from my Respiratory Care Manager, and one from my Resporatory peogram director/professor(?). I can probably do another PA if that would look better, but I know some schools require a professor Any criticism would be helpful! My goal is to apply before May 15th this cycle to about 7 schools! Thanks in advance everyone!
  5. Hi everyone!. I was wondering if you could all evaluate the competitveness of my application. Double Major from Rutgers University in Biological Sciences and Exercise Science. My GPA from Biological Sciences is attrocious (~2.2) because I was originally a Pharm D. and transferred out after realizing I was not cut out for it and I wasn't mature enough at the time to handle that level of studies. When I went back to school again for exercise science, my GPA for the 3 semesters was not less than 3.4 but it still wasn't enough to boost my GPA significantly due to having too many credits from the pharmacy program and the biological science degree. I have also done a postbacc in order to boost my gpa and retake my pre-reqs which are 10+ years old. Postbacc GPA while retaking my pre-reqs: 3.64 After the postbacc: cGPA: 2.96 sGPA: 2.94 (I have too many undergrad credits to budge my gpa!) Gen Bio 1 & 2: A Gen Chem 1 & 2 : A A & P 1 & 2: A Biochem: A Microbio: A Statistics: B+ EKG: A Psych: A GRE SCORES Quantitative: 153 Verbal: 155 Analytical: 4.5 I also have clinical health care experience in multiple areas. critical care technician (emergency department) - 450+ hours (present) clinical care technician (neuroscience) - 2300 hours physical therapy aid - 300+ hours Rutgers human anatomy cadaver lab instructor - taught 3 labs per semester for 2 years PA shadowing, dept. of neurosurgery - 271 hours Based on my improved academics and clinical experience. What do you think my chances are of getting into a program? Thank you for your time. I applied to a broad range of schools in order to improve my chances. 31 programs applied to 12 rejections w/out interviews 19 schools waiting for interviews/responses
  6. Hi everyone, Wondering if any of you have any insight into the validity of being a Clinical Research Assistant. I started working at a diabetes research clinic this summer and was offered the chance to continue working there this school year. My question is, should I be looking for something more hands on for HCE later? I know it depends of the school and how you sell your job description. In general I help out with in-clinics that have human subjects. I can do intake, vitals, medial history, lab tests, non-venous boood draws, device insertion/removal, and I work closely with NPs and PAs. It might not be life or death, but I am in a position where I am responsible for looking out for adverse hypo/hyperglycemic reactions and other study-related risks. Any thoughts?
  7. Hello Everyone, This is my first time posting here on the forum and was hoping I could get some direction seeing as I have already benefited so much from reading past posts. I just submitted my application for the first time. I have an overall science GPA of 3.31 and my overall non-science is a 3.47. I am 31 years old and have been working as a sonographer for the past five years at a government hospital. I could go into more stats, but my main question has to do with last year’s grades. The last two semesters I withdrew (received a W) from genetics due to my aunt having cancer. I went in with good intentions, but realized I knew I needed to take time off. I mentioned it briefly in my personal statement, but didn’t want to spend much time on it or seem as though I was trying to negate the blame. I know schools look for an upward trend, so my question is will these recent W’s inhibit my admission? Thank you in advance
  8. Hi all I currently work as an office medical assistant. The department I work for has Physicians, Nurse Practioners and LPN's. Our providers visit patients at home and assisted living facilities. While our providers are in the field we receive calls from patients, caregivers and hospitals with calls ranging from urgent issue, medication refill, medical equipment or any questions they may have for a provider. When we get such calls we triage the call based on urgency by asking questions, give medical advice as needed, help with medication refill or any other questions. I am able to then send a message off to the provider if needed. What I would like to know is, will that be considered as direct patient contact hours or should I look for work that is more in person? I would really appreciate feedback if anyone has heard of such patient contact hours being appropriate for PA school.
  9. Does Dental Assisting count towards the Health Care Experience hours for PA schools?
  10. Hi everyone! I am currently entering in my experiences on CASPA and I was wondering what to do about my shadowing hours. I have shadowed a physician at a hospital for about 60 hours now and certain days I would get to help with checking reflexes, eye or nose examinations and helping patients get adjusted in bed or before procedures. I was wondering if I would be able to count these as healthcare or patient care experiences even though they were done while shadowing a doctor? Should I split the time up between the two? Thanks so much!
  11. Hi there! New to the community - I finally decided to make an account after reading through a ton of helpful forum posts ? Currently struggling with what to do to set myself up in the best way for PA school. I am 23 and just graduated two weeks ago with a B.S. of Health Science and during my final final exam week came to the realization that pursuing MD/DO wasn't the right match for me given my personal aspirations (family, time, etc.). I started off my freshman year getting 4.0s in every class, then had a drastic drop in my late sophomore/entire junior year GPA. I made the decision to transfer home to reground and refocus on my priorities. Following this, my grades improved significantly. I finished with a overall 3.38 cGPA at my second university, however my prior schooling and repeats of a handful of classes left me with an overall cGPA 2.99 and sGPA of 2.82 - which is obviously making me feel discouraged? Currently, I am set to be accepted to an 1-year accelerated nursing program starting in May 2019 to become an RN. I also got accepted to Case Western's Medical Physiology master's program and am waiting to hear back on one other MS program. I am leaning toward becoming an RN as I'm thinking this would give me more purpose and satisfaction in work rather than struggling to find a medical job without having any certification until I can further my education/career. I am also not sure how much benefit a general science master's degree would have overall or when applying to PA programs and, with that being said, given the cost of getting a masters...I'm hesitant to commit. The last two bonuses of being an RN, I'd be able to get my finances together and some quality HCE for a couple years before pursuing PA school. SO, my questions and confusion: Most important --> 1) What is the best way of raising my GPA and chances for PA school? Taking general or upper level sciences? Technically my GPA would bump up by doing the nursing program, however a few of my PA pre-reqs are low even after a couple repeats so I am concerned about this. 2) Should I repeat my pre-reqs? I noticed some schools say that you have to have taken these classes within 6 years of applying. By the time I apply, some of my pre-reqs will be past this and I would have to retake them anyway if this is the case. Am I not understanding this correctly? 3) What are thoughts on pursuing master's programs in relation to PA school? Benefits? Has anyone done this and would you do it again if you had the choice? Here are my stats again: cGPA: 2.99 // sGPA: 2.82 // GRE: v - 154/65th percentile, q - 153/51st percentile, w - 3.5 // Current paid HCE: 432 // Volunteer HCE: 652 I'm sorry this is long, but I am open to any and all words of advice anyone is willing to offer! Hopefully, this will help others as well - I've read a lot of uplifting forums that give me hope that it is still possible to achieve our goals! Thank you to all in advance!
  12. Hello all, I will be moving to Chicago at the end of May. I was wondering if anyone had any connections or knew of any job postings that would count towards HCE hours for school (MA, scribe, etc.). I currently work as a medical scribe, but if anyone knows maybe some MA jobs that don’t require experience and will train. Thanks!
  13. I just got a job at a big city hospital as a patient care assistant. I start full time on May 14th. I have my EMT cert but practically no experience working hands on with patients. I would love to hear any tips or advice for newbies in patient care! Also- I have about 2,600 hours of HCE from working as a Med Tech, and will just be starting to gain PCE. The plan is to apply to a few schools with late fall/winter deadlines this cycle, and then apply to more in the next cycle starting spring 2019. Does this sound reasonable? Stats: 3.9 GPA 153Q 160V GRE 40+ shadowing hours from 3 different PAs
  14. I'm looking for some feedback on the quality of my direct patient-care hours. I work as a phlebotomist/medical screener at a blood donation center. I check-in donors, take their vitals (temp, bp, pulse), do dermal punctures, and set them up at the plasmapheresis machine and monitor their well-being during the donation. I am worried that this kind of patient care ranks pretty low because I am not in a hospital setting and donors have to be inherently healthy for the procedure. Do you guys think this is good enough to apply next year or should I look for a different job? I will have plenty of volunteer hours in hospitals, shadowing, medical mission and a good GPA (3.8).
  15. I currently work as a front office assistant in an emergency care clinic. It sees all types of patients but mainly the economically disadvantaged and the elderly. Although I do not treat patients ( as far as injections, vitals, and diagnoses go), I do handle triage, admitting, insurance, medication dispensing, and discharging. Would this work count as HCE? Is there a preference of PCE over HCE? Would I do well as an applicant with over 500+ hours of clerical work? It’s difficult to find direct patient care work in my area without a certification. I do have an MA cert from NHA but no one will hire an MA without several years of experience. I also don’t feel like my program adequately prepared me for work as an MA as far as injections go.
  16. Hello! i am a sophomore in college and set to graduate in May 2020. I am having troubles finding health care hours. Every job i’ve seen is full time, and i can’t do that with 18-21 credits every semester and two kids. The only job i’ve found is a Direct Support Professional. These people work with disabled people, kids and adults. Working with kids means watching them, giving them their medications, taking to therapy etc, and adults live in group home settings. So feeding, medications, etc. I was wondering if this would count for HCE? The program i’m looking into just says a list of some jobs and says “not limited too” and I emailed the program for help and they didn’t clarify anything.
  17. I am applying this cycle and have accrued 8000 hrs as a home healthcare aide. I was wondering if anyone has successfully used home healthcare aide hours for HCE. If yes, how did you best describe it in the CASPA application? I want to apply this cycle. I would prefer not to have to wait another year in order to get certified and work as a CNA, EMT, MA, etc. Thanks for your assistance!
  18. Hello there, I am a non-traditional student aspiring to get into the SMU PA program. I'm currently an EMT in Oakland and taking my prereqs at CSUEB. I have a little over 1,000 hours HCE. My GPA is not stellar however the latest 60 units of hardcore science curriculum I have maintained a 3.7 GPA in my Microbiology/ Biomedical Laboratory Science major. I am reaching out to the people who have already gotten accepted to please chime in and tell us some of your achievements leading up to your acceptance into the program. Any help would be truly extraordinary in helping me to hone in on what I need to improve as an applicant and as an individual. Any advice is welcomed and truly appreciated. -Best, Humble Student
  19. I just got hired on a medical assistant in the OR, and I've immediately noticed that I struggle with small talk like the rest of the staff seems to excel at. I've been so stressed keeping up with the pace of all of the tasks and skills I'm expected to learn in a short amount of time in order to function in the role they've assigned to me that I'm starting to become aware that I'm being very stand-offish during their conversations. Is this a big issue in healthcare? I'm more focused on what I need to do next for the patient or the physician that I can't process chit chatting while doing that. I've just started to become concerned about it and wanted to see what this forum thought.
  20. I am currently a stressed out pre-pa sophomore in college. I have just started acquiring hours these past few months and I should have about 50 by the end of the year. I know that's not a lot at all, but I am very busy with school. I am going to be taking 18 credit hours next spring and then more classes next summer. I've completed almost half of the pre-reqs for pa school and I have a 4.0 gpa so far. Will my grades make up for my lack of experience? I know that I have more time to work on getting hce/pce but I can only volunteer for a limited number of hours each week and the volunteer jobs count for hce but not for pce. I know that getting a job is the best way to acquire hours but I just don't have the time. I think I may have 500-700 hours by the time I start applying. Thankfully, the schools near me don't require experience, they say it's recommended. Have there been success stories of getting accepted into pa school with less than average hce/pce?
  21. Hello! i know questions about hce are probably so common on this forum. I'm really new to the pre-pa discussion so I apologize. I'm having a bit of a crisis and I'm not sure how to do what's best for pa school and myself and "do right by my education" so to speak. I'm graduating this May with a Clinical Laboratory Science bachelors degree at UNC- Chapel Hill. I've been offered a full time job working in a hospital lab and they'll be paying me $22/hr. I didn't know I wanted to do PA school until very recently so I have pre-requisites that are unfinished and I have ZERO patient care hours. I'm trying to figure out what my options are right now because I've heard that EMT experience is some of the best you get but I'm having trouble wrapping my head around the idea of turning down my lab job and just working as an EMT instead, likely cutting my salary almost in half. Like what if I turn this job down, and I don't get hired as an EMT, then I'm job-less. I just worked so hard in college for this lab degree the idea of never using it is frustrating the heck out of me. So, any advice or ideas would be much appreciated.
  22. So I am currently a medical technologist generalist. I do pretty much everything in our hospital's main clinical lab: chemistry, rapid serology, blood banking, micro planting, urinalysis, coagulation and hematology. I do not do phlebotomy and I have no direct patient care in my job. I have been working here for 7 months (started 2 days after undergrad graduation), and I plan to stay here until the spring to make it a full year before I look for a job doing direct patient care. I have my EMT cert and some volunteer experience. My question is, considering that soon I'll have 2,000 hours of HCE, how many hours of direct patient care should I accumulate before I apply to PA schools/when should I apply? Other info: Studying for the GRE now to take it in December (Tips would be appreciated! Math is my trouble area.) 3.9 GPA Shadowed 3 different PAs for a total of roughly 30 hours, continuing to shadow.
  23. So I applied to a dual degree program. They rejected me for PA but accepted me into their MPH. I think public health is interesting but I wouldn't say it's a huge passion of mine. I thought a good backup plan if I don't get into PA this cycle is to just do the MPH. Not sure how it will play out as I am still waiting on a ton of schools. It's in a great area, so I know I'll like being at that school, and the opportunities are great in the MPH program. However, I'm also concerned about being in a bucketload of debt with two master's degrees by the time I finish, but at the same time moving out of home and scrambling for a bunch of jobs and volunteer work to afford rent and living expenses seems very stressful(my other backup plan). Would it be better to pursue the master's or just work for another year or two, if worst case scenario I don't get into PA school this cycle?
  24. I'm still trying to get my PCE at the moment, and all I can find within my state or the bordering states are ophthalmic tech positions. All of the medical assistant positions I've reached out to want experience and/or a certification. I'm still waiting to take my NREMT to be licensed as an EMT, but there aren't any hospital positions in my area hiring at the moment (being ER tech or patient care tech positions). However, there are tons of ophthalmic tech positions that require no experience or any sort of certifications that ARE hiring. I know this isn't ideal, as it seems EMT, ER tech/patient care tech, CNA, and medical assistant experience seem to be what's pushed on here the most as valuable PCE. But I'm starting to really worry about not having enough time to fit all the PCE I need in. So do you think an ophthalmic tech position would fill the requirement I need to apply to PA schools? There are tons of scribe positions too, but I know for a fact that will not be satisfactory PCE experience to my target schools.
  25. I wanted to start a post for this campus. I submitted my application in late May and got a call yesterday from someone confirming some prerequisites. It made me feel like we may be getting news soon! I'm really interested in this program!! Any interview invites yet?
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