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  1. Does Dental Assisting count towards the Health Care Experience hours for PA schools?
  2. Hey everyone I just have a question about health care experience and which is best when applying to PA school. I go to Miami Dade College here in south florida, any PA's from my school that graduated will help. I am in my 2nd year of earning my bachelors in Health science with an option of physician assistant studies. I have two options which I feel I like and they Phlebotomist, and caregiver. Now I am not sure if caregiver is accepted for PA schools but I found it on the "inside pa training" website. I like caregiver because my family actually owns a nursing home and it would be great if I can get hours right at my house but I am not sure if that is also accepted for PA schools (getting hours at a family owned business I mean). I would have too check with them first but if they do agree that it is fine would being a caregiver be the best option for me? I was considering EMT but I do think the job is a little too managing for me at the moment. I also found CNA which is also something I could do in a nursing home.
  3. Hey everyone, The first half of the interview cycle for 2017-2018 is winding down, and I'm wondering how I can make myself a more competitive applicant during the next CASPA cycle on the off chance that I don't get accepted anywhere this year. I've already met the pre-reqs for my schools of interest, but I'm not sure whether or not I should continue to take additional upper division science courses or simply focus on acquiring more HCE and volunteer experience. Currently, I have 3.98 GPA, a 4.0 science GPA, an MA in Cultural Anthropology, 600+ volunteer hours (many of which were overseas), and approximately 2300 HCE hours as an EMT. I've been waitlisted at 1 school and have yet to receive any additional interviews (most likely due to the fact that I didn't submit my apps until the end of August/mid-September). During the next semester, I could enroll in O Chem II and Developmental Psych while working 36-48 hours per week and volunteering occasionally, however, this course of action would require that I take out additional student loans. On the other hand, I could simply acquire more HCE hours and volunteer at free clinics in my area. Any thoughts on which course of action would look better to PA school adcoms? Thanks in advance for any and all advice!
  4. I'm in a tangle at the moment. I finally got a job as a direct care support staff member for Rescare (if anyone knows the company). I would basically be helping people with daily living in assisted living homes, but also be doing more medically related tasks such as taking vitals and distributing medication. However, I'd only be able to work weekends. I just got an offer to be a medical screener for a plasma donation center. I would take the usual vital signs of patients and also check hemotin and protein levels through finger pricks. I would actually be able to work full time with the hours they would let me work, but it sounds like they would replace the direct care support job. Do you guys think PA schools would hold being a medical screener in a higher regard than a direct support staff member? I would be able to get more hours as a medical screener done and I paid better. But, with the low gpa of 3.2 I need all the boosting I can get with my experiences so I'm willing to stick with the weekend work and keep looking for other work. It's difficult too because I'm taking 4 classes this semester and it only leaves my monday wednesday fridays and weekends available. Does anyone have any suggestions? Please help.
  5. I know this seems like a silly question. I'm only looking at one PA school (which seems crazy after reading this forum) and that school doesn't require HCE. Do you think that I ACTUALLY need it?
  6. The majority of my friends in med school went to in-state schools, so I wanted to try asking on here before digging through my friends list for my out-of-state friends. Can I please get critiques/advice? I was VERY fortunate enough to be invited for an interview in July in Pennsylvania and I'm trying to map out my travel plans. The interview is July 26th, so I'm planning on booking a package deal (plane+hotel+car) on Expedia for the occasion. I intend to fly out from Texas on the 25th, pick up a rental car once I land, and stay at a hotel near the school. The next day, I plan to check out, drive to the interview, and then go straight to the airport to fly back. Does this plan sound reasonable? Am I accounting for everything? Are there cheaper options? ALSO, (silly question, but) I've never rented a car online, and I'm wondering if the car will be somewhere at/near the airport for me to pick up? They'll probably give me details once I finalize my payment, but I wanted to ask all of you interview veterans first. Thanks!
  7. I have ZERO patient contact hours... And after joining this forum and seeing most of the candidates, I’m having growing doubts about being competitive enough... My whole background is genetics; I only recently (last year during my rotation) realized that I wanted to be in direct-patient contact for work, but sadly everything I have ever done is in the laboratory, and it’s way too late for me to do any patient contact work since those beginner jobs can’t do anything for me beside “look good” I have been shadowing and was hoping my 200+ hours of PA shadowing would be a good alternative to my missing PCE (I plan on getting over 400-500 hours of shadowing). It really does suck to be in a position where I don’t have any credentials to get me into a patient contact job. I will take all critiques and advice! Undergrad Ed School: West Texas A&M University, BS in Biology MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), BS in Cytogenetic Technology Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.41 Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.41 Post Bachelor GPA: 4.00 (Last 60+ hours) Age at application time : 23 1st GRE: 307 cumulative (150V, 157Q, 4.0A) Direct Patient Care (type & hours): None :( - Trust me, I tried to find a place to help volunteer or work, but I was pretty much put on hold and never called on everywhere I went - No excuses though, I hope my shadow experiences make up at least a little bit for this disappointment Non-Direct Health Care (type & hours): Cytogenetic Technology Oncology/Hematology Clinical Rotations at Vanderbilt University - ~600 hours Shadowing Experience (type & hours): Hematology (MD) - 25 hours Pediatrics ICU (MD) - 13 hours Interventional Radiology (PA-C) - 125 hours (and still shadowing) Certifications and Licenses: Licensed Cytogenetic Technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologist BLS Certified Research Activities: Pancreatic Cancer at MDACC (3 months) - Published abstract in Association of Genetic Technologist over a systematic review on the correlation between CNV and staging for PC Schools Applied: Oklahoma City University, Texas Tech University, UT-Southwestern, UT-Pan American, UT-Medical Branch, University of North Texas, and OU-Tulsa Letter of Recommendation: 1 from a PA-C that I am shadowing - Interventional Radiology in Amarillo, TX 1 from an MD - Education Coordinator of my CGT program at MDACC 1 from an MD, PhD - Program Director of my CGT program at MDACC Application Submitted Date: CASPA submitted May 31, 2016 I will keep updating this post as I find out about my interviews, acceptances, and denials
  8. I have a unique set of circumstances since graduating undergrad and I was wondering if anyone could give some insight on them? I had the opportunity to work a wide variety of health care jobs. I've genuinely loved all of them and being able to adapt to new environments and I've gotten to learn so much from different settings/specialties. Most of all, I feel like they help me see the patient much more as a whole after seeing them in different clinical settings. However, I'm worried that since I've worked so many jobs, it hurts my chances of getting into a PA school? I have not been actively applying for these jobs, but opportunities came up while I was working (I'm fortunate that I have a lot of family friends in medicine) and I thought that, since I was in a gap year, why not take advantage of the chance to learn more about a different field in healthcare? Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at an Assisted Living Long Term Care Facility: 2 months (training hours) Patient Care Technician (PCT) on Orthopedic Floor: 3 months Medical Assistant (MA) for Family Medicine Clinic in Rural Area: 6 months Medical Assistant (MA) for OBGYN in suburban area: 6 months (current) Medical Scribe for Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeon: 3 months (current, part time) I've recently been offered a job as a MA/medical scribe for a nephrologist through a family friend. I'm excited about the opportunity because it's a new opportunity to learn a different field and to work in a different setting. I do really enjoy my current job, but to be honest, I've feel like I've hit the point where I've learned all that I could from my job. I'm just as dedicated to healthcare and the PA profession as I've ever been, however I'm worried. Since I've changed jobs so many times in the past two years, does it look bad from a professional standpoint? I'd appreciate any feedback!
  9. Hi everyone!! I was looking for some advice on what I should do before I apply to PA school next year. I am graduating this year with a bachelors in biological sciences and have done the basic prereqs for the schools I plan to apply to. Here is my background: Undergraduate degree: Biological Sciences Science GPA ~ 3.56 Overall GPA ~3.66 GRE ~ I have not taken it yet, but I plan to this summer HCE ~ 300 hours as a hospital volunteer so far The PA schools that I plan to apply to require at least 2 courses in chemistry. Since I was a biology major, I was not required to take many chemistry classes, so I have only taken 2 courses for general chemistry and a course in organic chemistry. I technically meet the requirements, but I am worried that I do not look very competitive. I have taken other medical related courses such as immunology and various neuroscience classes as I specifically want to work in the neurology department. As for HCE, I plan to work as a medical lab technician after I graduate while still volunteering at the hospital. I am also about to shadow a PA and will try to shadow more before next year. Going back to my question, I was originally thinking of taking biochemistry at a community college in the summer after graduating. The issue is that it may not transfer as a biochemistry credit and instead as a biochemistry elective. I could take it at a university, but it will definitely be more expensive and I am not sure that I can afford it right after graduation. Do you think I should take the biochemistry course at a community college or should I just concentrate on my HCE instead? If I take the class, it will delay me from working as a med tech for a couple of months. If I work as a med tech directly after graduating, though, I will likely have 2000+ HCE hours by the time I apply to the schools next year. The schools I was looking at only require 500 hours, so I will be well over that, but do you think having more HCE will cover for not taking other chemistry classes? Thank you in advance!!
  10. Hello, I am a Canadian living in the United States on an athletic work visa. This basically means the only job I can have is to play that sport; other than that, I can only volunteer. I have always wanted to work in the medical field, but sports has kept that as a 'plan B'. After a lot of research I decided that I want to work towards getting into PA school while still working for my team. The major problem I am having is that I cannot get proper hands-on healthcare experience because I am not yet a permanent resident. I understand for many schools this hands on experience is mandatory (80-2000 hours). I am currently volunteering several times a week at a hospital as a patient courier, I am a volunteer at a hospice, I am a volunteer at the Red Cross, I shadow a PA weekly, and I volunteer at many 'walk for the cure' events. However, I am worried that this volunteering is not QUALITY healthcare experience. Can anyone offer any ideas for me ? A volunteer opportunity that will provide great HCE that will also fulfill these requirements? At the moment this is what I have been thinking about doing .. -becoming an EMT and get HCE through the Red Cross -finding an opportunity to go oversees to provide care in less fortunate counties (any ideas on quality organizations to get in touch with?) PLEASE HELP THanks!!!!!!
  11. Hello, everyone. For a rehab aide position, I've read that working at inpatient facilities is a lot better experience in terms of what you're exposed to, but I'm wondering if there are many successful PAs out there who had prior experience working as an aide at an outpatient facility? I'm going to interview for a rehab aide position tomorrow, and the job description is: "Work with PTs to coordinate patient care - observe, monitor, document treatments and exercise regimens. Work directly with patients. Some front office work, light typing, transcribing, filing, phones. " It doesn't sound very much hand-on, and I'm going to ask more about it during the interview, but I'm just curious about others' thoughts and/or experience. The facility also offers occupational therapy, hand therapy, and vestibular rehab therapy if that makes a difference. Random edit: Who is this mablebraf person? I see him/her liking posts everywhere on the forum, but when I click on the name it leads to an "error this member is no longer active" profile. It's like a ghost only I can see.
  12. Hi, second-time applicant here, looking for ideas on how to get Health Care Experience/ Patient Care Experience. Last year I applied with about 800 hours of patient care experience, which I thought was a respectable amount for an undergraduate student who was working to pay their way through school. I'm looking to make my application more competitive for this year. Anyone care to share how their got their hours? Thank you!
  13. Hey there! I am currently an ER scribe and am planning on applying for this upcoming cycle and was wondering if there were any other people, with scribing as their only form of HCE, who are applying or who were successful in receiving acceptance from a PA program in the last cycles. I was hoping we could all share advice on how to bolster our applications and positively draw from our experiences, since let's face it, scribing does not receive a lot of credit in terms of health care experience :(
  14. As I am working as a CNA it occurred to me, could I count the hours I was the caregiver for my Grandmother towards HCE? She lived with my Aunt and I and we were her primary caregivers until she had to be moved to hospice. We aided in movement (she was wheelchair bound), toileting, bathing, also she was diabetic so we closely monitored her nutrition as well as gave insulin shots 2-3 times daily, did her blood test, and monitored her medications. (She actually had most of her pancreas removed due to pancreatic cancer). Thank you for any advice!
  15. Does anyone know anything about BU's new program? I saw that you could send your CASPA application to them but they were still waiting accreditation.I've looked online and cannot find a single thing about the program (start dates, class size, pre-reqs, etc.)
  16. This is just a quick shout out to all of those pre pa students with "unconventional" health care experience. There is a feel among the pre pa community that being a paramedic or a nurse is the way to be the perfect applicant. I know that not everyone thinks this, but I hear it enough to where I want to give some hope to those who may have some experience that is a little different. I am a COA (Certified Ophthalmic Assistant) this is a valid form of HCE(Health Care Experience) for pre pas. COAs: Collect histories of present illness. Have knowledge about the effects of common systems diseases i.e. Diabetes, Hypertension, Hyperthyroidism,Ischemia. (For more eye specific review of ocular diseases see my post here.) Instill medications in the form of dilation drops and anesthetic drops Assist optometrists and ophthalmologist in clinical procedures Volunteer abroad such as my trip to Mexico Scribe for ophthalmologist and optometrists Code using IDC 9/CAPT This is just one example of what some may say is not real health care experience. I heard of pas who were ultra sound techs, physical therapy aids, lab assistants, and some even had no health care experience (not recommended). Don't get me wrong I think that Paramedics, EMTs(I am one of these to), and Nurses rock. I just think that it is important to get out of the idea that you have to be a "cookie-cutter" applicant to get accepted. Do what interests you and be great at it!
  17. I have not had any luck finding experience as a certified nursing assistant, or a clinical research assistant. I recently got an interview for a resident assistant. If I get the position, should I take it to fulfill heatlh care experience?
  18. Just wondering how to do the following: a) I have clinical experience from my CNA course. Should I log those hours in under patient care experience, HCE, or don't include them at all? b) Should I put every semester that I was on the Dean's List? c) How do you put job promotions? As in, I started as a CNA, but then I was appointed to Shift Lead, or I started as a Teacher and then was appointed to Lead Teacher. Do I mention that promotion under the Work Experience or under Leadership? d) As for the Awards/Honors section, in the instructions it says "relevant awards and honors..." Does that mean everything that is not specifically health care related should be skipped?!?! f) Also, do ppl actually split experiences based on what "best describes" it when referring to 1 job? For example, since I was working a CNA graveyard shift, maybe 1/3 the shift was direct patient care, the other 2/3 was cleaning and paperwork. If I split it, that brings down my patient care hours a lot lower than I had thought I'd originally accumulated... Boo. Thanks for the feedback!
  19. Help!!! My hard work post-bacc to raise my science GPA seems to all be in vain! I just calculated my science GPA including my post-bacc science classes (all A's) and it is only a 2.977 I thought it would finally be raised to above a 3.0 but with my repeated courses being added in, I guess I didn't make the cut! My non-science GPA is a 3.54 and pre-reqs are 3.3 I know this science GPA will get me auto-rejected from all the schools that require 3.0 or higher on CASPA. I am devastated! I worked very hard the past summer and fall semester taking science courses while working full-time. My degree is a BS in Molecular Genetics from a private university. I have a few C/C-'s in some hard upper level sciences that were cross-listed as graduate courses (undergrads and grads in the same class) I have 8,000+ healthcare hours working full-time in the Emergency Department as a tech for the past 3 years. I have thousands of hours of volunteer work and leadership positions. My letters of rec. are from the lead PA in the ED, a geriatric PA I shadowed the past year, and our clinical nurse educator in the ED who has appointed me to precept the new staff and knows my clinical skills. Does anyone know of any schools that I can apply to that will either do grade replacement for my repeated classes, which would put my GPA above a 3.0 or schools that focus on last 60 credits? If it matters, I live in NY and was looking at schools on the eastern coast - NY, PA, OH, VA, MD, NC, KY, TN, MA, CT, DE etc... basically along the eastern coast and within a days drive for my parents sake! Any advice is GREATLY appreciated!! I am taking the GRE within the next few weeks (I have been scoring 152-156 consistently on ETS exams). I am hoping to submit by end of June! I can try to take a random "other science" course over summer because I have literally taken every biology offered over summer! However, it would delay my application because I would need that grade to be factored in for the GPA verification.
  20. Hey guys, so it may be a bit premature to think about this. But first: I am currently a PA student, almost done with my didactic year (3 more months to go!). I entered the PA program straight from undergrad, currently 22 yo. The only HCE I had prior to beginning the program was working as a lab assistant for a year while finishing up undergraduate studies. I also had some rotation experience to different labs as a student pursuing medical laboratory technologist degree. And roughly 400 hours of volunteering experience. I am still currently working as a lab assistant in a big metropolitan hospital in hopes that the current connection I have can help me in the future in job prospectives or even the residency their ER offers. I've passed all my classes so far and hope to continue to do so, current grades slightly above 3.5. Recently, I realized after talking with the faculty that in terms of finding a job or even a residency (which I am currently leaning towards), it would be difficult for someone who has a lack of HCE prior to entering the PA program (I don't really count the lab assistant as good HCE due to lack of patient exposure). I was quite elated and happy that I got accepted with minimal HCE, but now I just realized that it may affect me in the future. Of course I may be a bit pessimistic about all of this, and heck things might change drastically once I enter clinical year. I just wanted to get some insight from differnent individuals who may have had the same concerns as I did prior to clinicals or graduating. One of the main reasons why I'm leaning towards an ER residency is due to my lack of HCE plus it's a great additional teaching experience for anyone trying to go the ER route. What do you guys think are the chances of actually attaining a residency or even a job?
  21. I am currently in college, and I am considering studying to become a Registered Dietitian. However, my NUMBER ONE goal is to become a PA. Becoming an RD wouldn't be a short path--I'd graduate with the degree, complete an 8-month internship, and THEN begin paid work. If I continue to pursue this path and then work for a year or two as an RD, will this count as health care experience or will I just be wasting my time? Thanks!
  22. Hi, I graduated two years ago from UW-Madison with a degree in English and all of my PA school pre-reqs done. My overall GPA = 3.7 My science GPA = 3.8 Here is my health care experience Nursing home CNA 7 months = 368 hrs Hospital CNA 11 months = 1000 hrs Volunteer stuff: Clinic volunteer in Peru 5 months ~300 hrs Clinic volunteer in Tanzanaia 5 months ~300 hrs I am confident about my GPA, but I don't feel like my health care experience is very competitive because I kept taking breaks from being a paid CNA to do medical volunteering abroad, which schools won't think as highly of (although it was totally worth it). Is it even worth applying in the next cycle or should I get another CNA hospital job and work for another year to be more competitive?
  23. I've been accepted and I'm looking to connect with others in this class that starts this year. Drop me a line if your out there.
  24. Has anyone used MD Consult and UpToDate? If so, which in your opinion is the better mobile tool?
  25. As a PA school applicant, what made you stand out amongst the other applicants? What attributes or experience has helped you succeed thus far in both the application process and being a successful student?
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