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  1. Hi all first time poster and excited to be on this path to becoming a PA. I just have a simple question and want some opinions on if my job would count as patient care experience. Currently I work as a tech on the floor of a psychiatric emergency hospital. The hospital doesn't employ CNAs or MAs as the techs do most of the work. My daily duties include triaging patients who either come through the lobby or sally-port (brought in by cops) and on the unit. During triage I do an initial assessment (what's going on and why are they here), vitals, perform labs, and check blood alcohol level if needed. I then report these findings to the nurse and enter them into the hospitals emr. A second part of my job is monitoring or leading group activities with patients on the pyschiatric unit. This includes keeping staff safe and practicing restraint and seclusion on patients if need be. Thank you to anyone who can give me some feedback!
  2. I have recently graduated from college with my bachelors. I am not worried about my grades or GPA when applying to PA school however, I am worried about if I am doing the right Patient Care Experience or Health Care Experience. I am currently working 40 hours a week as a Physical Therapy Technician and that counts as PCE at most PA schools however, I am not interacting with the patients and learning as much. I mostly do laundry, clean up tables, and sometimes show patients exercises. I am thinking of becoming a medical scribe with Proscibe but, only working 24 to 30 hours a week. I am going to become a CNA during the fall and work part time with one job and a CNA job however, I am not sure I sure stay as a Physical Therapy Tech or become a Medical Scribe. I plan to apply to a PA program in April of 2020.
  3. I'm still trying to get my PCE at the moment, and all I can find within my state or the bordering states are ophthalmic tech positions. All of the medical assistant positions I've reached out to want experience and/or a certification. I'm still waiting to take my NREMT to be licensed as an EMT, but there aren't any hospital positions in my area hiring at the moment (being ER tech or patient care tech positions). However, there are tons of ophthalmic tech positions that require no experience or any sort of certifications that ARE hiring. I know this isn't ideal, as it seems EMT, ER tech/patient care tech, CNA, and medical assistant experience seem to be what's pushed on here the most as valuable PCE. But I'm starting to really worry about not having enough time to fit all the PCE I need in. So do you think an ophthalmic tech position would fill the requirement I need to apply to PA schools? There are tons of scribe positions too, but I know for a fact that will not be satisfactory PCE experience to my target schools.
  4. Hi everyone! I have a quick question regarding acceptable direct patient care experience for PA school. So I'm taking a gap year (or two) between graduating with my B.S. and applying to PA school and just finished a CNA course so I can get a job involving direct patient care. However, one of the hospitals I applied to for a CNA job wants to consider me for a full-time patient advocate position based on my prior education and experience (B.S. in speech pathology, 2 years hospital research experience, long history of hospital volunteering, etc.). I wasn't really sure all of what a patient advocate position entailed when the hiring manager mentioned it over the phone but from my discussion with her, as well as from outside research, it sounds like a patient advocate is someone who acts as a mediator between patients and doctors, helping patients understand medical procedures, helping with insurance issues, and responding to complaints or special requests. I don't want to waste my time in a position if it doesn't count for direct patient care, but I wanted to get some opinions as to whether or not this could be the case. I feel that since the job requires working closely with both patients and healthcare providers, it might count. Any thoughts? Thank you!
  5. I just submitted to two schools that did not require any patient care hours because I wanted to get the app in earlier, however, I would still like to apply to schools that do require a certain number of hours. Do I just add the additional hours as a new experience? Thank you! -Carolyn
  6. Hello, I am a 20 year old first generation college student currently in a Biology BS program with a minor in Chemistry at a well-known NYS college. Like many of you, I hope to be accepted to a PA program when I graduate but I don't have much guidance throughout the process. The PA that I shadow went through this process many moons ago when it was not so competitive so he doesn't really know how to help me become a more competitive applicant. My stats are: -3.65 cumulative GPA (expected to be a 3.7 by graduation to achieve my goal of Summa Cum Laude) -sGPA: 3.7+ with my best grades being in upper-level chemistry -I will be graduating from the honors college and will spend the next school year working on an Organic Chemistry honors research thesis for 9 hours a week and will be presenting at a convention with my supervisor (and hopefully being published) -I am a TA for Organic Chemistry as well as Microbiology and currently work as a volunteer at a nursing home. -I am taking violin lessons and participating in Sinfonia as a way to relax and to make myself stand out as a person who can do more than science. I still have a year left in school and am planning on taking a year off to work on my HCE. I am trying to get a job as a pharmacy tech right now to start working on HCE and will be taking a course over the summer to receive my CNA. I am well-liked by many of my professors as well as my research advisor and have been offered many LOR's. I come from a relatively poor family so I am feeling discouraged about being accepted to a program due to my lack of opportunities to study abroad and participate in fancy over-seas internships like many of my classmates have done. I would like to know if I have a competitive edge for acceptance and how I can make my healthcare experience stand out since that is what I will be focusing on next in this journey towards PA school. The schools I am looking at are: *Yale (my reach school) *Albany Med (can get an alumni LOR) *U. of New England *U. of Bridgeport CT *Clarkson (long-shot, the program is so small) *U. of Colorado Aurora *Quinnipiac in CT
  7. Hello! Anyone willing to share some advice on best HCE jobs in terms of admissions/experience? Background: I relocated to a new state at the end of the summer and got a job as a medical scribe in a local ED. My previous employment was in clinical research and through scribing I decided I want to be a PA. I am about to complete my EMT-B certification however, I am fairly certain that working as an EMT-B is not ideal as the only company near me uses EMT-Bs for transport only. Options: 1. Medical Office Assistant in private practice cardiologist office- Pros: get to do vitals, EKGs, 24hr holter monitors, 30-day event monitors, blood draws, counsel patients on weight loss, and physical exams for life insurance plus general office duties. Cons: 1hr commute, no PAs in the office, overbearing physician 2. Patient Care Assistant on Med/Surg floor at Hospital- Pros: get practice doing vitals, EKGs, and basic duties (lifting, bathing, bathroom assistance etc), possible meaningful experience as this floor is used for oncology patient transfer to hospice. Cons: no phlebotomy, 30-minute commute, night shift, less hands on in terms of medical skills 3. Emergency Tech- Pros: get to do vitals, EKGs, blood draws, urine specimen collection, splinting, 15-minute commute, and see a lot in a busy ER (I currently scribe there). Cons: only night shift currently available, patient interaction is brief I am super grateful to have these opportunities, but picking the right one has been difficult for me. Thank you in advance!
  8. Hello, I have an MA in Psychology and 3 years experience working directly with PTs in a hospital setting--assessing, diagnosing, discussing treatment plan,BUT all with psychiatric PTs exclusively. So, I'm pretty concerned about my lack of MEDICAL HCE. If I quit my job and get EMT-B certified and then work full-time as an EMT-B, I will: 1. Get VALUABLE medical HCE, and 2. Reduce my income by about 55%. I am pretty broke as is, but willing to do so if it'll get me into PA school--my goal. Questions for y'all: Is psych HCE enough on its own? Is EMT-B a good idea, at this point--for me?
  9. First off I wish to express my gratitude and sheer excitement to become part of the PA family! Although school hasn't started I have found myself running around to complete pre-orientation requirements (physical, immunizations, transcripts, etc.). I have also spent copious hours reading almost all posts made within this forum, and discovered some pertinent information to help guide me through this new journey. Babbling aside, I want some input from PA students and practicing PA's in regards to my personal situation. There has been much dialogue about Healthcare experience and how quality experience is essential for not only program success, but also job acquisition upon graduation. I am curious as to how well my personal healthcare experience has equipped me for my future endeavor. I am 24 years old and graduated with a double bachelors in Microbial Cell Science and Food science Human Nutrition, GPA- 3.89 SGPA 3.91 GRE Verbal 158 Quantitative 167 . Throughout my 4 years of High School (yes high school) and subsequent winter and summer breaks throughout undergrad I worked within a Primary Physicians office. At first filing was the extent of my duties, but after that first year of work my responsibilities graduated to basic MA tasks: PT history, Vital signs, and EKG testing. Whilst working in the Dr's office I also gained knowledge of Lab testing, imaging results, and health insurance billing. Furthermore, throughout undergrad I volunteered in the ER for 2 years biweekly, I shadowed a pediatric orthopedic surgeon along with interoffice PAs, and taught a medical careers class which had a section devoted to the PA profession. Aside from the MA work I did within the DR's office, I have no other DIRECT PT contact experience. I would like to know how detrimental this will be to my studies and future job search. After reading a few blogs describing how it's a shame programs accept applicants with low-quality experience and how it'll reek havoc on my future, I found my excitement has been replaced with fear. I never questioned my PT care experience nor doubted my future clinical abilities until now. I guess the few forum naysayers really have me slumming :(... Maybe i just need some words of encouragement. P.S. This forum has been a blessing, providing a surplus of quality information, I am gracious to all members making posts to help guide the current and future generations of physician assistants :).
  10. Hi everyone! I will graduate in May 2014 and I was just wondering how early is too early to start applying for jobs.
  11. I've begun my CASPA application for this year (my first) and don't know if I should report the total amount of hours I have accrued or a less accurate non-wait time only estimate? It comes to about 2,700 total hours as a EMT-B over 1 year and 3 months. Some programs seem to want only non-wait time included hours and others do not mention that specifically. What would you suggest? -Thanks
  12. 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?
  13. 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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