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  1. I'll spare the forum my life story and cut right to the chase: Which patient care experience would allow an applicant to be more competitive: EMT-B or CNA/STNA? Or, does it not make a significant difference either way? I'm currently in the process of deciding which direction to go and am looking for some advice! CNA/STNA classes seem to be more affordable and easier to obtain, but most of the available positions are in LTAC facilities. Obtaining an EMT-B certification is more expensive, but it could lead toward higher acuity experience in a hospital setting. I'm having an open mind to either option but am curious if PA schools seem to value on certification over the other. (I'm not as concerned with salary of the position but rather what is going to make me the most competitive applicant). Thank you in advanced for insights and feedback!
  2. So all of the forums I've found online on this topic are 5+ years old, and since I frequent the PA forums here I figured maybe it was worth a shot asking. Does anyone have any experience or know someone who took an EMT course in Boston? Any feedback you can provide on pros/cons, how the teaching was structured, and what sort of clinical or ambulance experience you got from it? Since Northeastern took away their program, and the program at MIT is only available to MIT students/employees, I've pretty much narrowed it down to Boston EMS vs. Boston University. Although I don't want price to become a factor (BU is $1250 vs. Boston EMS's $700), I'm having trouble distinguishing too many differences between these programs. And I've heard a few reviews that Boston EMS is a good program, but mostly from people who later got hired by them. Any insight, comparing the two? Or other programs in the MBTA-accessible Boston area I can look into for the Spring?
  3. Hi all, I became an EMT when I was 16, and I am now a sophomore at my undergraduate college. Most of my EMS experience has been volunteer (aside from a few temporary paid opportunities). I was wondering how I should count my total hours of "prior healthcare experience..." As for my volunteer hours: Can I count the total number of hours I was on duty? Or can I only count the hours that I was actually interacting with PTs? For my paid hours: If I was paid for a certain number of hours as an EMT, can I count all of those hours towards the HCE requirement? Or only the hours that I had direct patient contact? Thanks for helping out guys! -Steve from NJ
  4. Hi everyone, Nursing or EMT-B for training and getting hours in five years? I have five years from finishing my prerequisites now to gain substantial direct, hands-on patient contact health care experience before applying to PA schools. I say five years because some prerequisites "expire" after this duration by some schools' admissions information. Would it be worth the time, effort and money to spend a year completing an accelerated BSN program to only work as a nurse for 3-4 years? I am also considering being an EMT-B because I can get trained a lot quicker, but it seems nursing is far superior to EMT in terms of the high quality HCE that PA schools covet. I graduated from CU-Boulder with a degree in Environmental Studies last year. My final GPA there was a 4.0, but I anticipate my as-yet-incomplete science/prerequisite GPA to be closer to 3.4. I also speak near-fluent Spanish from 400 hours volunteering at a health clinic in Ecuador, but am otherwise not a spectacular candidate at this point in time. Nursing or EMT-B for training and getting hours in five years? Any input much appreciated! Lukas
  5. I will be applying to PA programs this fall and am currently taking prerequisite classes and working as a PCA. I have the opportunity to become EMT-B certified this summer. Unfortunately, that means I would have fewer healthcare experience hours as a result. In your opinion, which would make a better applicant: one with more hours as a PCA or one with combined PCA and EMT experience, but with fewer hours?
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