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  1. Hi there, I (27y/o) am making a career change from business to become a PA. I'm currently looking at possible positions for PCE. The only thing is that I'm currently making good money and I know I'll need to take a pay cut from where I'm at for these PCE jobs but I still need to be able to pay my bills. I can't quit my job to devote time to getting a cert that will take 1-2 years as I'm single and provide for myself. What kind of PCE jobs are out there that don't require a lot of time to get certified or require no certification at all that will pay well? Thanks in advanced.
  2. I feel like I'm seeing more and more current college students and recent grads on here, knowing that they want to pursue PA right out of the gate (which is awesome!) I'm curious what the breakdown is of pre-PA folks here who are pursuing a career pivot to PA vs those who are pursuing PA as their first career (or whose PCE/HCE job was chosen specifically to meet PA school requirements)? (I've been a certified athletic trainer for 7 years and have had my sights set on PA for about 4 years -- had to spruce up the ol' GPA prior to applying -- this year is my first application cycle! I'
  3. Hey guys! I'm new here, but was reaching out for advice. I am currently working as a PT and find myself often looking into becoming a PA with a desire to understand the medical model more. I love my job as a PT but don't know if I feel the passion I once thought I had. I would love to hear from anyone else who made this jump from PT/PTA/OT to PA. What made you decide to leave your field and enter into a new and rigorous graduate program? Was the intensity of the course work and potentially added debt worth it? Do you feel that your prior career helped you at all through th
  4. Hi everyone, I am looking for some help and advice. I will preface this with a short about me. I am a PA with 8 years of experience in mostly primary care. I currently live in Michigan. I have no history of any malpractice claims against me and all reviews about me online I can find are positive or 5 stars. I went to a private school and have about 25k in student loans of an original balance of 180k.I am married with 2 young children. Being a PA is a second career for me after burning out as a teacher in AZ. My current situation is this: My wife is a teacher who has had a hard t
  5. Hello, Looking for shadowing opportunities in North Jersey willing to go into NYC. I am an experienced health care professional and am HIPAA training, up to date with flu shots, PDD. Looking for one time or ongoing. Any leads appreciated! Please and thanks!
  6. Hey PA Forum, I am Pre-PA and I wanted advice to where my feelings in the application process stand. I went through my undergrad with not much of a direction, graduating with a BS in Biochemistry but a 2.86 GPA. I worked for 2 years as a "scientist" but I was really just running samples through a machine (medical device) and it did not allow any sort of interesting work. I worked as part of the lab at the Boston Marathon, analyzing runner blood samples in the device, and it was the first time I was exposed to the medical field. This allowed me to appreciate their work, and also, for the first
  7. Hey PA Forum, I am Pre-PA, please don't kick me out, as I wanted to know from PAs what they think about the field, and where my feelings in the application process stand. I went through my undergrad with not much of a direction, graduating with a BS in Biochemistry but a 2.86 GPA. I worked for 2 years as a "scientist" but I was really just running samples through a machine (medical device) and it did not allow any sort of interesting work. I worked as part of the lab at the Boston Marathon, analyzing runner blood samples in the device, and it was the first time I was exposed to the medical fie
  8. Can anyone recommend a good lawyer in Washington State that is familiar with laws regarding PA owned/operated medical practices? Considering starting my own practice, and while I've done a lot of my own research, I will ultimately require professional legal advice.
  9. Good luck to everyone applying this cycle. Ill keep updating as things get verified or contact is made. CASPA Submitted 05/14/2016 Verified on 5/18
  10. I'd like to thank you all in advance for your thoughtful comments. I have been reading this forum, and I decided it was time for me to make a profile and ask for your honest advice: I am an occupational therapist (very fresh grad), I am in my 30s, and I am happy practicing as an OT for the next 2-3 years to get experience under my belt. I have observed PAs working with patients during my clinicals and at work, and I am drawn to the work they do, especially conditions and diagnosis. I have a 3.7 in my OT program, and in my last 60 of undergraduate my GPA was around a 3.8. My GPA prior
  11. I am 38 and have a master's degree in teaching. I taught elementary school from 2001-2004 and then quit to be a stay at home mom. During my time home, I have done various part time jobs, all in the education field. I will need to go back to work full-time in several years as we prepare to send our boys to college. The easy route, of course, would be to go back to teaching. I am still certified and could get a job tomorrow if I wanted. However, my heart is no longer in it. My husband is an NP, so I feel like I've had a front row seat to his education and work experience. I know the educ
  12. Hi, I am 25 years old and work as a microbiologist/analytical scientist for a pharmaceutical company. My B.S. was in biochemistry with a final GPA of 3.0. I am interested in applying to PA school, but understand that with my GPA and situation, I would require impressive HCE to have a fighting chance. With that said, I am seeking to submit an application at least one full year from now for the following fall. So my question is this- as someone that is not a nurse, EMT, what-have-you, and balancing a full time job during the application process, how can I gain experience? It seems that most job
  13. Hello, I’ve been a ‘lurker’ and finally decided to post. I have decided after much reflection to change careers and start the journey to become a PA. (Sorry for the crazy long post) I had lifesaving surgery as a child so my lifetime experience with physicians and the healthcare community starts there. It's weird but hospitals have always given me a sense of calm. I went to college on academic scholarship with the goal of becoming a physician. Most people do poorly in the beginning of college and rally. My issue is the exact opposite. I did quite well in the first few years but af
  14. Hello everyone, I am a first year student in a PA program. We have been given group assignments and my group was assigned the topic of the name change to a Physician Associate. I was wondering what is involved in changing the name to a physician associate. Is it a state decision or national decision? Does the AAPA have to be involved or is it through government? Any information would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
  15. Hi everyone! I will graduate in May 2014 and I was just wondering how early is too early to start applying for jobs.
  16. Hello! At the three interviews I have been to this fall, I've been asked what my plans are if I am not accepted to PA school this year. I have answered that I will continue to work, volunteer, take classes that are applicable to the study of medicine, call the programs that rejected me to find out what else I can do to improve, and reapply. At this point in time, I am fortunate enough to have been offered two seats at schools that I am happy to attend, but I have upcoming interviews scheduled at my top-choice programs. If you were in this situation at the top-choice interview and asked the "wh
  17. I am changing careers after 10 years in advertising. I've started taking my PA pre reqs and I volunteer at Children's Memorial. I'm eager to start working in healthcare, but with my goal being to start PA school in a few years, I need to find something doesn't require a lot of training. I'd appreciate any insight into CNA, whether or not this is a good option considering my situation, and other ideas for employment in an entry-level patient care role.
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