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  1. Hey y'all so I am a sophomore in undergrad and in the process of just starting to get PCE, shadow, and volunteer hours and etc, but I am super stressed out because I am itching to start getting PCE hours except its so difficult while in school. I was thinking about becoming an EMT and working for 2 years after I graduate but I wasn't sure if being an EMT is considered PCE among most colleges, does anyone know? (I also tried to work as a caregiver over summer and that job isn't for me) Also, I'm trying to compile a list of PA schools to apply to, so if anyone has any recommendations for schools on the east coast please let me know!
  2. I am currently on deployment with AMR in New York. I was wondering how I should count those hours on my CASPA application?
  3. I'm new here and need some advice. I just graduated college and have been working as a dermatology medical assistant since July. My GPA is 3.38 in Biological Sciences. I'm planning to apply next cycle (April 2016) and was wondering if I should start EMT-B. I currently have been volunteering at a fire station (mostly ambulance ride-alongs) and had plan to take EMT-B class this summer, but then got the medical assistant job and didn't take the class. I have the option of taking the EMT-B class this fall, which would be 3 times a week for 4 months (Monday and Wednesday nights, and 9am-4pm on Saturday). I have put a lot of effort into the EMT-B option, but now I am not sure if it is worth doing it. If I were to follow through with the EMT-B class, I would get my EMT certificate in February and would basically have 3 months of experience as an EMT-B before applying, which isn't much. Also, my firestation doesn't really get that many calls (usually 0-2 calls per night). I've also been thinking that EMT-B doesn't really give you that much relevant experience to what PA's/doctors do, give little interaction with PA's/doctors, and is more about first aid care. However, I know that EMT-B is great for direct patient care and gives you the opportunity to make medically-related decisions. I got interested in EMT-B because I knew it would build my confidence in decision-making and communication. And if I don't get into PA school next cycle, then I can really build some more experience with EMT-B for the next cycle. Although I am learning a lot as a medical assistant, I do find my job lacking. I don't get to interact with the patients as much as I thought (no EKGs, taking blood pressure, administering medicines, drawing blood). It's also a narrow specialty (dermatology), so I wouldn't mind branching out more. Is it worth continuing to volunteer at the firestation and completing the EMT course, or should I focus my energy on something else? What other HCE should I consider? I've been thinking about scribing or CNA. Thanks for your help.
  4. Hello All, I am a new grad PA-C in Pennsylvania. Currently waiting to start my job in critical care medicine at a large academic medical center. I have worked in EMS for the last 9 years as an EMT-B with an ALS service. I have submitted an application through my regional EMS council to have my pre-hospital certification changed from EMT-B to PHPE (Pre-Hospital Physician Extender for those not familiar). The final step is to challenge the NREMT-P written exam. Has anyone else challenged this exam? How would you rate the difficulty given your education as a physician assistant? I'm not worried about taking this exam.... should I be?
  5. Hello all, I'm brand new to this forum. I graduated with a degree in biology and a gpa of 3.52, and was planning to go to medical school the whole way through, while also thinking a lot about PA school. I was ready to apply to med school while I was finishing college, but decided to take some time away from the academic environment to make sure I really wanted to do med school. After almost a year of soul-searching, researching and deliberation (in addition to the last 4 years), I have finally decided that PA is a more appropriate career path for me. I had a great mcat score (93%) and I had all of the volunteer and leadership experience to make me a competitive applicant for med school. Now that I'm looking at PA schools, I need to get my direct patient care hours, take anatomy and physiology (I didn't do the whole series since medical schools don't require it), possibly take statistics, and possibly take the GRE. I have 400 hours of MA experience (not certified). I know the doctor personally and worked there for 4 months, I learned a lot but it was a very disorganized clinic. I have about 200 hours working as an EMT-B. I'm wondering if I should keep working as an EMT for a year and apply for the 2021 cycle once I take anatomy and physiology at my community college. I've looked at a lot of threads on the internet and from what I've found, paramedic is the best prep for being a PA; things like, "they were a head and shoulders above the rest of their class," and "they were very experienced with patient assessments and had great clinical presence." I've also heard that it's unnecessary and a distraction if your end goal is PA. I want to be a paramedic and get real experience doing more advanced patient assessments, but it would push PA school at least 2 years back since I'd want to work for at least a year to make it worth it. Being an EMT entails a lot of driving and sitting around the station, and when I do get patient contacts, I'm not in charge unless it's a stable (BLS) patient. Should I take the time to become a paramedic and get really good experience or should I get as many EMT hours as possible in a year and then apply? Also, do schools look at how many hours I've worked or do they need to know how much time I spent doing patient care, versus driving and sitting around the station, and how do I record that? My other main question is whether I should take the GRE or just rely on my MCAT score and not apply to "GRE required" schools. I live in CA and would like to stay in California, or at least in the west (CA, OR, WA, CO, AZ, NV, NM). This might be a question for a separate thread. I know this is a lot, but it's pretty much everything on my mind right now, please feel free to only answer a portion of it if you want. Thanks so much for the help!
  6. 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!
  7. Hello! I graduated from MSU with a Human Biology Major in Winter 2015. It has been about 3 years since i have graduated. I studied the MCAT and took the test once and did not apply to any med school because of my MCAT score and GPA. i have a GPA 3.0 and not sure about my science gpa about 2.7-2.9 I just got married this summer and have been rethinking about med school and wanted to go to PA school instead It seems as competitive as med school but it is only 2 years of school. I don't have ANY direct paid health care experience only volunteering and haven't taken the GRE yet I am 25 years old and just need some help/guidance on the path. so my questions are: 1.) Should i go to graduate school for 2 years and get good grades to make up for my low GPA 2.) Should i just get as much PCE as i can? and then apply ? if so, which is better? CNA, MA, paramedic, EMT ? 3.) Lastly, should get certified to work as a CNA, MA, paramedic or EMT first, and then work while i go to grad school so i can get PCE and boost my GPA? i don't know where to start because I'm trying to find the most affordable and less time consuming way to be competitive to get into PA school Thank you
  8. Hello! I'm planning on taking a 3 month EMT course this summer. I am already looking into different jobs that EMTs are capable of applying for just in case there are no EMT job opportunities near me when I am finished with the program. I had no idea how many different healthcare jobs people with an EMT certification could do. My question is this: which healthcare profession would look better on my PA application? 1. EMT 2. Patient Care Tech (there are awesome PCT jobs in different hospitals in oncology, etc. that I personally seem more interested in), 3. ER tech 4. Medical Assistant (Some clinics allow some EMT certification to work as a MA) I have read that a job in the hospital can be better because of the interactions with MDs, DOs, PAs, etc but I also know that some schools hold an EMT to a higher standard sometimes. Thanks in advance! :)
  9. Hi everyone, first time poster here. Currently, I am an EMT on an ALS rig, shadowing a PA, volunteering as a standby event EMS for the racetrack, concerts, parades, and 49ers, and helping out with a mobile clinic to serve the homeless. I'll be traveling to Haiti this summer with Project Medishare. (other volunteer work but won't bore you all.) So my problem is, I am taking classes now and doing two full days of clinical research at UCSF and then working 12 hours on the ALS rig. While also doing the above mentioned volunteer hours every weekend (or late weekday nights). I am over extending myself. Would dropping the research at UCSF hurt my application? I believe research is more geared toward Med school...correct me if I'm wrong. I do enjoy the research (and thinks it does set me apart as an applicant)... but I love the patient contact with EMT and my volunteering opportunities. And want to maintain my good GPA. Anything helps.
  10. I'm planning on applying to PA school the next cycle. I realize that I don't have many direct patient hours so I wanted to become a medical assistant. I quickly learned that regardless of which path I choose, it takes about 8-12 months to even become certified and this doesn't even guarantee and job. How can I get around this? I'm currently a medical scribe and have been for a year and a half. The staff lets us do MA stuff but this is not what our job description states. Would this be a problem when they are looking at my application. My caspa GPA has not been verified but I currently have a 3.4 (3.54 if you count one repeated class which was worth 5 credits unfortunately) So I know the best way to increase my odds is by gaining experience. Would you recommend I just get more scribe hours in different specialties (which is a favorable option) I was also going to shadow atleast 6 PAs in different specialties about 10-15 hours each. Are there any programs that are about 1-3 months that I can do so I can gain that experience and not waste a whole another year?
  11. Okay, so I've been doing some research on Physician Assistants and PA schools and different routes to go about doing so. When I first applied to college I was a nursing major but changed it to Gen Ed because I thought I wanted to go into education, but nursing/medical field has stayed on my mind as I was pretty well set on becoming a nurse. I'm still in my first semester at a community college (I was going to complete my first year at community college and then transfer to a 4-year university) so it wouldn't be too hard to change my major; I've only taken the basic classes, i.e math, English, and a few classes to go along with my degree program, so I'm not that far along into it. I've recently learned about and became interested in the Physician Assistant career option and I'm wondering the best way to go about getting into PA school in the future. I know I could major in nursing and then apply to PA school, but I would still need to try to get 2000 (or more) hours. So I was thinking of changing my major to A.A.S- Emergency Medical Science, Paramedic Track, and then working as a Paramedic for a few years to get the sometimes required 2000 hours and then apply to PA school. I guess my question is, would I be able to get into PA school after getting my Associates degree in EMS- Paramedic Track or do I need to obtain a 4 year nursing degree and then apply to PA school?
  12. Hey everyone, I currently work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in the hematology department at a 900+ bed hospital. I don’t interact directly with patients but I do tons of work for patients while utilizing clinical knowledge. I feel this is a great pre-PA job but I understand admission committees might not think the same way. My question is should I quit my job and work as an EMT or MA? It would be hard to walk away from a 60k salary but I’m willing to make the sacrifice if necessary. Thanks in advance.
  13. Hey guys, my name is Alex Miller! I will be applying to PA programs next year, and wanted some feedback on my chances of getting into some schools. Sooooo... I'm am currently a junior at Virginia Tech (21 yrs old) studying towards a BS. in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, with Spanish minor Pre-reqs: (future) 3.8 (C in Organic Chemistry) (also, Gen Chem I/II and labs all taken at community college, finished with A's) (future) sGPA: approx. 3.3-3.45 (future) overall GPA: 3.5-3.6 GRE: taking in the summer, expecting 80-90% percentile in all sections HCE: 5,000 hrs as EMT-Basic (member of 3 emt squads) Shadowing: 50 hrs w/ Trauma Surgeon; 20 w/ ICU nurse; 25 w/ ER PA Volunteering: 100 hrs. ED volunteer Other: Pulmonary Research Lab job w/ Cardiothorastic surgeon (300 + hrs) (Also, I have high faith that I could talk my way out of any huge blemishes in my application if given the chance to interview!) I'd really love to go to a school such a Penn State, GWU, Wake Forest, UNC, but I realize that my GPA is wayyyy below average, and I may be shooting too high. Anyone have some opinions to share? Please be brutally honest, anything helps!!
  14. Any one else had an issue? And if so how did you get it done? I currently have resulted to asking my congressman to intervene. So before I became a PA I was a combat Medic with the US Army. I maintained a license not through an individual state but through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Since becoming a PA-C I need my license to practice in the state of CA. The state of CA requires form PA-7 to be sent from NREMT directly to the state exhibiting a letter of good standing. They have lost my forms on multiple occasions (4 to be exact) they won't ever give me any other information other than "you need to wait 30 days" it has now been 34 days since the 4th form was sent via fed ex with signature confirmation and I was told "whoops what we meant was 30 'business days' call back in a few weeks." This has been 4 months since my very first submission of the PA-7 form. Or does anyone have any recommendations? I've contacted the state who says I HAVE to have this form there's no other way. My application in its entirety is complete with the state except for this one piece of paper. My record with the NREMT is completely clean as well, the paper form is just not getting done or mailed out. Thanks guys!
  15. Hey there, I recently graduated with a bachelor's in biomedical science in May and am really trying figure out a plan during my time off before I get in to PA school. I am currently an EMT for a private company but the issue is the pay is not great ($11/hr) and my undergrad student loans are going to kick in soon. I would like to get a job in the hospital and work closer to PAs to create relationships. I have thought about medical assistant but it seems that most jobs require an MA certification. Any ideas? What are you guys doing to increase your patient care experience during gap years? Thanks!
  16. 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?
  17. I'm in the process of finishing up my EMT certification this summer, and I'm beginning to look online for job openings to accrue PCE hours. I already knew I didn't want to be on an ambulance prior to doing this certification. I just did it so that I would be able to apply for ER Tech and PCT jobs that require the certification. I'd rather be a ER Tech or PCT due to being surrounded by PAs and docs that I can get letters of recommendation and accrue shadowing hours from. My question is, what's the difference between an ER Tech and a Patient Care Tech? Is it just that different hospitals assign them different titles? Thanks in advance!
  18. Hello All, I'm so thankful for this forum, what a great resource as I work through CASPA. My first question is, when filling out secondaries or my experience descriptions, should I use the abbreviated "EMT-Basic" or write the position out entirely, "Emergency Medical Technician-Basic"? The same question would go for CNA, PA, MA, etc... should I just avoid abbreviating any of these anywhere in the application? Thanks much!
  19. My original plan was/is to get an EMT certification this summer term and try to hop on with a hospital as an ER/ED Tech afterwards. I figured that'd be the ideal way to not only rack up the hours of HCE, but also be surrounded by loads of docs and PAs that I could potentially shadow and get letters of recommendation from. I also thought it'd be best since at the moment I prefer the idea of working in emergency medicine when I'm a PA. However, I've recently noticed that a dermatology medical surgical assistant position has become available at a local dermatology group near me with no prior experience or credentials required. The job listing claims they'll train you on the job. Should I continue with my original plan to get CPR + EMT certified and hop on with a hospital, or should I try my luck at that derm position?
  20. Hello everyone :) I'm having some trouble deciding when I should sign up for an EMT course. I'm currently a 3rd year biology student at my university and I plan to graduate in spring 2018 (possibly fall 2018 if I can't fit all my classes into my schedule.) I just recently decided that I was interested in becoming a PA. I have the option of taking the class either during the summer or during my winter break. I want to take it in the summer so I can get my certification sooner and hopefully be working while I'm finishing up my last year as an undergrad in school. The problem is that I'd be taking 1 summer class along with the EMT course, and I'm not sure how difficult this would be. The EMT course would also overlap by 2 weeks into fall quarter, so I'd have to manage 3 classes at my university along with finishing up the EMT course. The other option is to take an accelerated 3 week course during my winter break in December. I would only be taking this course alone, so I know I would be able to handle it. The problem with this option is that I wouldn't get my certification until early 2018, and I'd only have about 6 months of school left and less time to find a job. I planned to take a break after graduating (1 year) to build up my healthcare experience, and I hoped that by taking the EMT course in the summer I would have more experience as opposed to taking it during my winter break. Any advice on what I should do? Thanks! EDIT: I'm asking this now because the EMT courses fill up FAST! So I was hoping to enroll by the end of the week.
  21. If I don't get in this cycle I will have to retake certain courses. Is 6-7 years usually the standard before you have to retake these science courses? I feel like this would be an endless loop. Don't get into this cycle then basically wait even longer and retake all my bachelor of science courses lol. Anyone in the same predicament?
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