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  1. Hello! I hope someone can help!! I am so confused in regards to if a medical assistant is considered PCE or HCE for CASPA. I've been an MA for 3 years, this past year I've been working in an Urgent Care. However, the two years prior is what I'm worried about. I do feel it's considered PCE based on what I did/level of responsibility, but the way CASPA describes it is freaking me out a bit. This might be a long post but I hope even just 1 person can give me some insight!! CASPA states: "Patient Care Experience Experiences in which you are directly responsible for a p
  2. So I recently found a job that would work well with my schedule as a CNA covid tester. It entails testing patients and going through screening questions with patients then reporting results to the supervisor. I am a little worried because I don’t really want to go for the job if it isn’t considered PCE. Has anyone have any info on whether or not this is PCE or HCE?
  3. Hello. As of today I have only applied to one PA school program (Rutgers) but unfortunately I got denied. I decided not to apply to any other schools this cycle as I have not started my senior year yet and am missing some of the prerequisite courses for many programs. I am currently working as a Medical Scribe and have been doing this for about one year now with about 750 hours. I also volunteered at a food pantry but only completed about 50 hours doing so. My science GPA is 3.32 and my cumulative GPA of 3.62. I am planning to complete my senior year and continue working to build up more hour
  4. I am currently an undergraduate and I am looking to apply next cycle 2020-2021. I have a list of schools I want to apply to that have pretty late application dates so I could get in as many health care hours as possible before application. I am planning to have ~1000 hours by application and ~2000 prior to matriculation. My GPA and GRE are very high. I have volunteer, leadership, shadowing, and research experience. My question is for schools that do not have a 1000+ hour requirement would it be more beneficial to apply a few months earlier or to wait until I hit the 1000 hour benchmark. Will i
  5. Does Dental Assisting count towards the Health Care Experience hours for PA schools?
  6. 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 ca
  7. 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 ove
  8. 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 ho
  9. 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?
  10. 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,
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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 che
  14. 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 m
  15. 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 doe
  16. 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!
  17. 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 :(
  18. 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!
  19. 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.)
  20. 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 syste
  21. 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?
  22. 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..."
  23. 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
  24. 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 hospi
  25. 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!
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