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  1. I need advice on how to handle a certain advisor at my school. There is a lot to this story but here is a nutshell: I'm majoring in Cell and molecular biology and this individual is the advisor for my degree. When I express my interest in PA school he shuts me down and makes me feel stupid for wanting to go that route (he discourages people from the medical feild even though this degree was designed for pre med and pre health students). I've gone to another professor to sign up for classes and when he found out he sought me out and said he is the only one who should be advising me. He told me I'm going to graduate in a year although that won't be enough time to finish my pre recs for PA school and when I say this he flat out talks over me and doesn't listen to me. This advisor has behaved inappropriately with me before and I have recognized him as a emotional manipulator. When I stand up for my self and don't do exactly what he wants me to do or I dont let him pry into my personal life he acts like a humongous baby and treats me like I'm a bad person. This creates an immense amount of stress and anxiety for me when all I want to do is just enjoy school and do well. I have to take 3 more classes with this person plus a senior project but I have dread about it because of the way he acts. My school is so small that the way its designed, he's in charge of much of my academics because of my degree. I've even though about transfering schools because this feels so unhealthy but I don't want to run from a problem just because its hard. Any advice?
  2. Hi guys, I've been google searching to no avail regarding where I can take a genetics course online. I am aware that UNE offers an online genetics course, but I would rather NOT take genetics at UNE if possible. Can anyone recommend a university where I can take genetics 100% online? I am working full-time, studying to retake the GRE, and taking biochemistry (repeat course) online concurrently which is why I need to take genetics strictly online. Thank you everyone for the help in advance!
  3. In the Colleges Attended section, would the month you put in for the "Last Term" be, for example, August (when the term began) or December (when the term ended)?
  4. I am in the final few weeks of my freshman year of college. I came in pre-nursing but realized I wasn't cut out for it. I got a 3.16 GPA first semester, and second semester has been a complete disaster, Biology, and anatomy I am barely passing, but nutrition and psychology I should be able to 4.0. I plan on retaking bio and anatomy, but with a 3.0 GPA freshman year is it possible to build up my GPA enough to get into PA school? Also, I am deciding what major to choose for my undergrad since Pre-nursing isn't a major, I was thinking kinesiology but I'm not sure. I am trying to work as a CNA in the summer and working with a non-profit to put on my apps. Sorry for the information overload but I am scared I won't be able to get in any programs and be stuck with a useless degree. Any words of encouragement or advice is greatly appreciated!
  5. Hey all, I'm having some trouble deciding between becoming an RN or becoming a PA. I know there are many differences between the two professions, but that only seems to make my decision harder. Recently I just got accepted into my schools nursing program, but I'm not sure if I want to go through with it. For a very long time now I have wanted to be a PA but pretty much ruled it out because I thought the path it took to get there would be too hard. I have never been a straight A student (A's and B's with a rare C), and I know GPA is a heavily weighted factor in even getting considered for a PA program, not to mention the work you have to do if you get accepted! I am a very tenacious person. I know getting to PA school would be a challenge, but with all that considered, PA school is always on my mind. I feel like the only reason I am currently going for nursing is because I'm scared I would not be able to get into PA school (and if I don't then I'm kind of stuck). If anyone has any advice I would love to hear it!
  6. I am an old fart and I know it so I am looking for a little perspective from the young toots. :-) I stumbled across a program at UT in Medical Informatics which I have a little interest in so I started looking at the requirements. You can seek a certificate or any of 3 degrees up to a doctorate. I started looking at the requirements. Reasonable cost....check. All online....check. Accredited....check. Submit a 2 page letter of intent and 3 references. Nope. How about this.... I pay you and you educate me. You know a business transaction which is really what higher education is. This isn't a resident program where class size is limited or anything like it. I'm also not a high school grad trying to decide what I want to do in life. So what is the deal where I have to beg UT to puleeeeeeze take my money. I thought about writing my 2 page letter of intent in like...800 font size and just typing I INTEND TO LEARN SOMETHING. I understand the competitive nature of some programs and that they have more applicants than they can eat. This isn't it. Thoughts?
  7. I'm a first year student at community college, where I plan to be for 2 years. Hopefully, I can transfer after that majoring in Psychology. As for my experience, I will earn some hours at a hospice this semester. I'll set up my classes for spring semester in a way that I can take an EMT class at an ROP too. While, I do this, I'll be working as a caregiver for a few days a week (maybe not even necessary). After my EMT certification, I find a job for that and continue working as I am getting my degree. I'll also apply for a health scholar summer program, where I'll be volunteering at a hospital in the summer all week. (I will not work all summer because of this) Will I be set? Advices?
  8. Hello everyone on this forum! I have decided start on this beautiful journey of becoming a Physician Assistant. I will be graduating spring 2018 and I have decided to apply that summer. This means that if I get accepted into PA school I will resume my studies June 2019 (depending on the school). However, I have something I can't get off my head. Loan REPAYMENT. After I graduate college I have a 6 month period to start repaying my undergraduate loans. Of course I plan to work for that whole year and study a bit. But I don't know if I can afford to pay large amounts of loan repayments during that gap year. Is it possible that once I start my studies as a PA I will be able to "suspend" my payments until I am done with my studies? I am sure I am not the only student on this position, so let me know with previous experiences! Thank you so much! :-)
  9. Hey guys. I'm a college freshman and my parents are definitely not feeling the whole PA thing and are putting me under a lot of pressure to be a MD. I still haven't broken it to them that I have no plans to be a doctor but that's another issue. I just wanted to ask for some advice on a becoming a PA without the support of Ma and Pa as far as getting HCE, and pretty much everything else. Thanks.
  10. Hello everyone! I'm currently a rising sophomore student at Emory in Atlanta and my dream job is to become a PA. Ideally, I would like to start PA school after I finish my undergrad, but I am having a hard time finding a way to obtain paid healthcare experience/hours. I would want to become a CNA or phlebotomist and work during my undergrad, but its hard to get and pay for certification for those jobs while I'm in college. So for those who got into PA school straight from undergrad, how were you able to get sufficient healthcare experience hours? Does anyone know of any short healthcare programs in the Atlanta/Decatur/Emory area that are covered by HOPE Scholarship?
  11. Hi guys! This is gonna be my first post here so I hope I'm doing this right. So I am an incoming college junior majoring in biology but I study in the Philippines. My cousin, who is currently undertaking PA school, introduced me to the PA profession and as I looked into it, the more I wanted to become one. The problem is I am not from the US nor do I have any type of permanent residency or citizenship. I really want to push for this dream but I am worried about several things. 1. I am not sure if there exist PA schools that accept foreign college graduates. 2. I don't know if the classes I am taking now can be credited by US PA schools. 3. With the lack of opportunities to shadow or volunteer in any way over here in my country, I won't be able to stand a chance against more involved applicants (especially considering the fact that most applications require letters of recommendation from people in the profession). I am open to applying to any school in any state because I'm truly interested in the profession. I still have some time to catch up on shadowing opportunities in the US this summer though so I haven't completely given up on my 3rd dilemma. But my main question is, do you think it is still possible for me to apply to a PA school and eventually practice? Sorry guys, I didn't know who else to ask but any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!
  12. Hey guys this is hopefully my first post of many on the forum, I'm going to keep it pretty simple: Does anyone have a recommendations/experiences with medical terminology classes? I know there are a lot offered online and that seems like the route I am going to go since my school (UNCW) or any of the surrounding community colleges do not offer a medical terminology course. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
  13. I'm currently in college in a different city, but I'm going back to my hometown over the summer. I was wondering, can I contact PAs now to ask if I can shadow them over the summer? Or is that too early? Also, do you have any advice regarding contacting a PA? I read that cold calling them is better than emailing. Thank you very much! -Jacinda
  14. Hi I am currently attending High School as a Senior as this will be my last year. I would like to know where to start with the Physicians Assistant programs. I had three options: 1. I was going to go straight to a four year and get my bachelor and at the same time I was going to get my hours needed through things offered at the local hospital where ever I would end up going. 2. I was just going to go to my local Junior College and I would take the EMT course this summer so that is how I would get my hours done. Then i would apply straight to the PA program after I got my associates. 3. I was going to take prerequisites for Respiratory Therapy and become a Respiratory Therapist at SJVC a private school which is not too far from me. After becoming an RT it would cover my hours needed and it would be a great hands on experience with the patients. I would then go back to school to become a PA after about two years. In my option 1 I would love to go to a major university and as a kid I feel like it would be hard to study and be serious with all these major parties and other distractions with things that major universities have.(Personally) I was also wondering is it really necessary for me to get my Bachelors? Option 2 I was wondering if an Associates Degree was enough to become a PA? Will my application be looked at as weak when applying? Option 3 it would be really expensive but I would make that money back but it would just be hard for me to go back to school after working for about 2 years. These are all great options for me and options that I have only thought of. If you have any better or other alternatives please respond and help me out. I want to be on the right path after high school and be working towards my goal of becoming a PA. For shadowing hours I have a family member who is a PA that I could shadow and I have other alternatives to shadow for. This is getting long sorry but thanks for reading please help any tips that you would do right after high school that you wish you did when you were my age. Thank you once again and please help with my journey to become A PA.
  15. Hello, my name is Sean Kramer and I am the academic coordinator for a new PA program. I am excited to announce that Lake Erie College will matriculate its first group of students May 2014. Admissions are currently open and on CASPA. Lake Erie College Physician Assistant Program www.lec.edu/pa Lake Erie College will award a masters of physician assistant sciences in an innovative, comprehensive 27 month program. We have an affiliation agreement with University Hospitals in Cleveland (#18 ranked US hospital by US News and World Reports). The program will feature early clinical experiences, problem based learning, module based format, student faculty ratio better than 8:1, and many other great opportunities. Below is a list of admission requirements. The deadline for all information to be verified (by CASPA) is December 1st, 2013. I would highly suggest submitting before October 15th as it may take 4-6 weeks to verify. Degree Requirements Prior to Admission A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale is required for admissions. All required pre-requisite courses must be "B” or better with the exception of Organic Chemistry which must be "C”or better. No grade of "B-" or "C-" will be accepted. Academic Course Pre-Requisites Should be completed within last 7 years: Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (2 courses) Microbiology with lab (1 course) Genetics with lab (1 course) General Chemistry I and II with labs (1 course each) Organic Chemistry with lab (1 course) Biology I and II with labs (1 course each) Statistics (1 course) Note: Preference given to students with advanced statistics, biostatistics or health-related statistics courses [*]Psychology (1 course) No Time Limit: English to include communication or speech (2 courses) College Algebra (1 course) Tested out during interviews: Medical Terminology (course recommended) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) GRE in last 5 years – no minimum score requirement Students whose first language is not English must achieve: TOEFL: The current LEC graduate degree minimum required is a paper score of 600, a computer score of 250, or an internet score of 100. Healthcare Experience Requirement Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 250 hours observing or participating in the delivery of healthcare in a clinical environment. At least 50 of the 250 hours must be from direct shadowing of a licensed Physician Assistant. The Lake Erie College PA Program is not accredited at this time, but has entered the process to receive accreditation through Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants, Higher Learning Commission, and Ohio Board of Regents. Check out our website for more information, http://www.lec.edu/pa. If anyone has a question regarding the program or profession let me know!
  16. Hi I'm a bit new to this forum, so I hope this is in the right spot. Anyways, I'm a senior in high school and I really want to become a PA. The problem is that my parents are pushing for me to finish college in 4 years, get a decent job, and then go back to PA school. The reason for this is because my parents would like to retire in Japan (while I will be staying in the US). This might make it sound like my parents are jerks, but they aren't. It's been their dreams for many years, and I certainly want them to have a good retirement. They are willing to wait 4 years, but it's a bit harder to convince (my mom) to wait 6 years. My parents are older than most college kid's parents (dad will be 64 when I graduate with a bachelor's.) They also think that I can get my required 2000 hr required experience, and save up some money for PA school. I just want to take the best route to PA school. I would rather not beat around the bush with this. I was planning being an EMT or be a Physical Therapy Aide on the side during undergrad, but is this feasible? How did you get your experience? (during college, after?....) I wouldn't mind finishing with a degree as a Radiologist Tech, work for a bit, then go to PA school. But is this a good route to go on? I don't want to be set back too far, and basically live my entire 20s in college. I appreciate comments, (though, please be nice about it :) and please forgive my poor grammar (so don't be a grammar nazi) And I didn't mean to sound like I disrespect my parents. But I just want to somehow fulfill both our wishes. I hope this isn't too confusing, and I hope I put this in the correct section. Thank You!
  17. what are my chances for getting accepted to PA school after graduation?
  18. Hello, Does anybody know of any PA programs that don't look at your entire cumulative GPA? I heard that some programs will only look at your last 45 to 60 hours from your degree to consider you. My freshman and sophomore I had mostly B/C's and my junior/senior year of college was all A's/B's. My undergrad GPA was 2.8 and I have retaken a lot of my science and prerequisite courses over again from nearly 10 years ago and have achieved all A's. What bothers me is that my 2.8 will always be set in stone and I can't do anything about that. Any info would be appreciated Thanks,
  19. I have been thinking about this a bit since reading RC's post on PA's educating PA's. Where are we in terms of developing future leaders? IMHO, very far behind the nursing and physician establishment. Our profession has done a great job in developing clinicians that can practice medicine efficiently and cost effectively. We are valued members of our health care teams. But in essence, to me, as I look back over the last 26yrs of my career and squint into the next decade of my career, I ponder what does that really mean? This will sound a bit jaded, especially to newer PA's but esssentially, the majority of us are "grunts". We work the front lines, handling whatever comes our way, loading/unloading the trucks(typically better and faster than those around us), come back to work the next day and do it all again. Yes, we educate ourselves, our patients, colleauges, students, residents, etc. We may even sit on committees, be a "chief" PA in our hospital(those positions are few/far between) work at the state level with our PA association or on a national level BUT: where is the actual leadership development taking place in our profession??? Where is the opportunity to learn about becoming a leader and then having the opportunity to become said leader? At every hospital I have worked, there has been leadership development for nursing. There is a track that nurses can get on and make their way up the ladder to even higher level positions. At my current facility, all nursing management positions go to "leadership" education days. Many of our upper level management personnel are nurses that do not have advanced degrees but made their way up the ranks in the early days and now are VP level. Where is the equivalent experience for PA's? Our physicians in leadership positions, such has division heads/chiefs of departments, also get leadership development with assigned readings, meetings with the leadership development personnel in HR. A very cursory google search on nursing leadership and you can discover: http://www.aone.org/education/ENLI.shtml http://www.qhrlearninginstitute.com/events/event_details.asp?id=214890 http://www.cnlassociation.org/what-is-a-CNL At the annual EAST(Eastern Association Surgical Trauma) they have a 3 YEAR program for Trauma/Acute Care Surgeons so that they may develop leadership ability. I feel that we get a tremendous amount of recognition about what a vital role we are to have in the upcoming years, particularly with all the changes taking place in a new health care world but it begs the question: what is that role? To be present and keep loading and unloading the trucks even faster, more efficiently and for less $$ than others? Where is our seat at the table? Our chance to impact policy? If not on a national level at least in our own little fishbowls: our clinics, hospitals, networks. I feel the paucity of attention we have given to this aspect of professional developement, in years to come, may be a real hindrance to giving PA's an opportunity to advance outside the clinical realm.
  20. So here are my choices LIU - Brooklyn - not sure but i think its around 27,000 York College - $16,520 Touro College - around 15,00 Hofstra University - $34,000 New York Institute of Tech - $28,020 St Johns - 29,000 NEW YORK: Weill Cornell Medical College - 23,790.00 i think. Yea so i dont know which one to choose to start my 4 years. I am a junior right now and i was wondering which college i should go to. I wanna plan everything out now so i dont have to do it latter :P Note: My parents dont have a lot of money. They are both CNA's. I will get full financial aid. (5k) Also currently idk my gpa (hs) but my Average of all my classes is a 89.5 I dont want to go to a college that is bad. Also i heard bad things about Touro. Help please. I always wanted to be a Pa and i know you guys will help me :)
  21. I am slowly trying to accept the fact that PA school may be out of reach for me. I'm a traditional college student (sophomore) and I already have plenty of HCE hours and quite few prerequisites done for PA schools. But my GPA is going down with each semester. I work hard, study, get help when I need and I still can't break those B's in science classes. My major and science GPA is 3.0. It's painful to even write this. When I read about people who have 3.8 or 4.0 GPA (especially in science), I wonder how they achieved those grades. I know hard work is number one reason, but I work hard too. Now, I'm starting to think that maybe I chose the wrong school. I go to a large, public university (very heavy on research). In each of my science/math classes there are anywhere from 100-400 people. It's not a bad school (one of the better ones in my state), but getting an A seems impossible to earn. Here are some exam averages in percentages for science classes at my school: - General Chemistry: 50's - Organic Chemistry: 30's - Physics: 20's to 40's - Calculus: 40's - General Biology: 60's to 70's - Advanced Bio classes: 40's to low 70's Obviously, professors curve them or everyone would fail. These are not stupid people. You would not believe how competitive some students are. And keep in mind that majority of people who take these classes are either pre-med, pre-pharmacy, pre-dental, and engineering majors. Most of the time exams count for 70-90% of grade and there are usually 2-4 exams per class so if you screw on one of them, you screw up your entire grade. So, I'm just asking if this is how classes are everywhere. What were your class averages (not yours) for science classes?
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