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  1. Hello, I am currently struggling to decide which field I want to pursue ( Master's in Health Administration vs Physician Assistant). I want to interact with patients but I also want to focus on managing hospitals and program implementation. Do you guys have any suggestions on what I can do that could expose my to both of my interests or if one has a higher job demand than the other? Any feedback is appreciated!
  2. I'm working bringing my GPA up to a 3.0 from a 2.96. Afterwards, I'm thinking about doing a master's program. I recently ran across a Graduate Certificate in Medical Physiology offered by UF. I just wanted to know if anyone has finished it and what the program was like. If anyone has any suggestions to a short master's programs that would be great too. I'm looking for something that would benefit in the long run, not just any degree. Thanks
  3. I have received a bachelor's degree in PA students and am currently practicing. I am looking for advice on what I should get my masters in. Was thinking health administration. Thoughts?
  4. Hello all! I am a practicing physician assistant just 6 months out of school from a bachelor's in PA studies. I want to get my masters but unsure of whether to go with health administration route or public health route. Not sure which one would mean what for me and what are my options to grow professionally. I just need some opinions and guidance. Thanks everyone.
  5. Hi guys, I applied to PA schools at the beginning of this cycle. However, I had a feeling that I won't be hearing back, mostly due to my undergrad GPA, and started a one year masters program in biomedical sciences. I will be graduating with a 4.0 and took all upper level science classes. So my question is, will this GPA help raise my overall sGPA which was a 3.2? Or is it placed in a separate category and counted towards masters GPA? And In that case will they look at both sGPA's or still give more weight to the undergrad sGPA? Thanks!!(: Bonus question: Am I allowed to match a science class from my masters program as a pre-req? For example; grad school immunology course for PA schools that ask for "other science courses".
  6. So I applied to a dual degree program. They rejected me for PA but accepted me into their MPH. I think public health is interesting but I wouldn't say it's a huge passion of mine. I thought a good backup plan if I don't get into PA this cycle is to just do the MPH. Not sure how it will play out as I am still waiting on a ton of schools. It's in a great area, so I know I'll like being at that school, and the opportunities are great in the MPH program. However, I'm also concerned about being in a bucketload of debt with two master's degrees by the time I finish, but at the same time moving out of home and scrambling for a bunch of jobs and volunteer work to afford rent and living expenses seems very stressful(my other backup plan). Would it be better to pursue the master's or just work for another year or two, if worst case scenario I don't get into PA school this cycle?
  7. Hey guys, Im applying to a Master in Health admin program because my Gpa is low but my goal is to become a PA. Should I mention this in my statement of purpose for Health admin program or just tell them I intend to become a health Administrator? Does anyone have experience with this situation or a similar situation? -Thanks in advance
  8. Hello all! Recently I have applied to schools that are offering a PA certificate. Some of the past discussions on this topic are from 2013. I know that most schools are gearing towards awarding students with a Masters. However, with a PA certificate, are there any repercussions with trying to find a job after graduation. Will all states accept the PA certificate as a form of education. Thank you for reading this question.
  9. Hi guys, I want to give you a little background. I graduated college and I was pre-dental track. During my year off I've been working for a healthcare company and discovered I want to pursue a career as PA. However, my GPA is low (2.7) so I applied to a masters in Biomedical Sciences degree in Rutgers and got into the dental scholars track. I have great extracurriculars, good GRE score, and working on HCE hours. I spoke with the guidance counselor about switching my track, they told me they cannot so late in the game but if I'm doing well by the end of my first semester they would consider it. I've also spoken to some students who say the dental/medical(for me it would be PA) track are very similar aside from few courses and the counseling. What should I do in this situation to get into PA school.
  10. Very interesting article Appears that the NCCPA filled Governor Jim Justice head with a bunch of alternative facts, but when the real facts came out he realized his error..... http://www.wvgazettemail.com/gazette-op-ed-commentaries/20170603/rafael-rodighiero-justice-prevails-with-bill-to-improve-patient-care Governor Jim Justice made the right decision this week to include House Bill 116, and its companion bill Senate Bill 1014, on his special legislative session agenda. This legislation enhances the ability of physician assistants (PAs) to provide health care to people who need it throughout our state. A previous bill, SB 347, was unanimously passed by the legislature in April only to be vetoed by the governor, who may not have had all the facts when he made his decision. Since then, West Virginia’s 1,200 PAs, through letters, phone calls and comments on social media, successfully urged Justice to revive the bill for the sake of their patients. PAs are state-licensed medical professionals that practice medicine on health care teams with physicians and other providers. They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the uniformed services. ADVERTISING Instead of a 72-hour supply of schedule III medications, which include common treatments for a range of conditions, including moderate pain, the new legislation would allow PAs to prescribe a 30-day supply, reducing the burden on families who need more than a three-day supply of a medication and, for example, can’t drive a great distance to see a physician to obtain it. The legislation also allows PAs to sign a more extensive list of medical forms that previously had to be signed by physicians, including handicap hunting certificates and Provider Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms. The latter is especially important for patients and families facing end-of-life decisions when people are often at their most vulnerable. This noncontroversial legislation has support from physicians like State Sen. Tom Takubo, D.O., who represents District 17, and recognizes that there are people in West Virginia who simply do not have access to health care, especially in rural or medically underserved areas. He and others see PAs as part of the solution to providing quality health care in the state. PAs in West Virginia are grateful and relieved that the governor has reconsidered his initial position and encourage the legislature and the governor to swiftly pass the legislation as introduced as quickly as possible, because patients should not suffer due to further delays. Rafael Rodighiero is a physician assistant in Logan. - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/gazette-op-ed-commentaries/20170603/rafael-rodighiero-justice-prevails-with-bill-to-improve-patient-care#sthash.YsY46EV5.dpuf
  11. Hello, new member here. Before I ask anything, here is some background on me. Undergraduate program: Wheaton College (B.A., Neuroscience and psychology, Class of 2016) Overall GPA: 3.4 Science GPA: 3.2 Undergraduate internship: Neurology Department, Massachusetts General Hospital Current job position: Clinical research assistant and study coordinator, Neurology Department, Rhode Island Hospital 2 publications during undergrad. GRE score was average, not a bad score but not extremely stellar. I've been exploring my graduate school options, and am very interested in going the PA route. As you can see from my past and current experiences, I would like to specialize in neurology/neuroscience. I had initially wanted to get my PhD and applied directly out of undergrad and got rejected from all the programs I applied to, but it turned out to maybe be for the better because after I started working full time in the clinical/hospital setting I discovered that while I still like research, I really enjoy working directly with patients and I'm not sure the PhD is the best way to be able to do that, which got me looking into PA programs. I wanted to perhaps get some advice or feedback on how I could improve my application. While my overall GPA is 3.4, I must admit I did not do very well in chemistry or organic chemistry during undergrad (both Cs) despite the rest of my science grades ranging from B+ to A+ (biology, anatomy and physiology, statistics, neurobiology, etc). Because I would like to get more specialization in neuro specifically, I'm looking into neuroscience MS programs and then while I do that getting some additional direct patient care experience in preparation for a PA program. My current job does involve direct patient interaction but it is less frequent than other study-related activities such as consenting and conducting scales (which it is my understanding that things like that do not count as patient care for PA programs). Because the chemistry grades really are my big weak spot on my application, my thought was that graduate school experience combined with additional patient care experience would enhance my PA application. Additionally, any suggestions as to gain more patient care experience that could best serve my needs based on my current experience and goals would be great. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  12. Hey everyone, I have been told that I need to raise my GPA. I am sitting with a 2.99 CASPA GPA (I have over 180+ credit hours from bacc and a few post courses some programs required), so I am considering doing an online masters program to raise my GPA instead of contining to take more random courses. I am a medical officer for the military, have scribing and CNA hours too. I've seen a few programs out there but I need one that I can do fully online as I work full time for the military right now. Thank you!
  13. Can anyone who has completed the bridge to Master's program let me know why they choose the program they did? and comment on if you liked it or did not like it, how long it took, time per week, cost? Or please share any information comparing programs, or any general advice on this. Thanks!
  14. I'm considering applying for Master's programs before reapplying to PA school next year. I have applied to PA schools twice, the first year with only 1 interview and then waitlisted, the second year 3 interviews all of which I was waitlisted. It is starting to become clear to me that my gpa is what is lacking while my healthcare experience is my strong point. Ideally I would love to continue working while enrolled in a Master's program, but the only realistic way of doing that is completing one online. Does anyone have any suggestions for online programs? One's that have ultimately lead to more acceptances? I am also considering in person programs as well. I fear the possibility of having to relocate with on campus programs and having to refrain from working during that time though. But I am open to any suggestions! On a side note, I am also considering taking additional pre req courses that I have not taken (genetics, organic 2, biochem, abnormal). Ideally I would like to take these in person as well but it was impossible to register during the regular fall or spring for courses at my only 4 year university close to home as a non degree student...I was only able to get into 1 summer course so far. Are taking courses at community colleges looked at the same in this case? I've taken courses through UNE online and I didn't do as well with the online format as I had wished I would.
  15. Long story short, I retook two classes (calculus and physics) in an attempt to raise my two C's to B's. Unfortunately, CASPA has to add all the grades that are on my transcript, and they do not replace grades for courses that were repeated. If both grades were on my transcript they would calculate both. This means that the C's were also added into my gpa putting it at 0.04 points less than what it really is. According to my transcripts at UIUC, my GPA is exactly a 3.0. CASPA standardizes its calculations and calculated mine to be a 2.96. I would hope in rare cases where an applicant's GPA falls below a 3.0, but the applicant otherwise appears to be a sound candidate for interview, most PA programs would be able to put the difficulty of one's major into consideration. Because of my major, I was required to take the more rigorous level biochemistry and microbiology courses at my University. Currently I'm working as a research assistant at the University of Chicago's Eating Disorder Program. Through our studies, I take vitals for the patients then conduct patient assessments. Afterwards, I present these patients at our team meetings, and determine the best course of treatment with doctors, the psychiatrist, and therapists. So far I have about 500 patient contact hours. Sadly I haven't received any interviews yet. I am considering applying for a masters in public health. Ideally, I do well and reapply. I guess I'm not sure if I should work for a second year and gain more patient contact hours, or get my masters and aim for a higher GPA?
  16. I've already been accepted in to PA school starting in the fall and have been working in international health since 2011. However, my contract is up at the end of February with very little chance of renewal, so I will essentially be job-less from March till August. I don't want to start a new "career," because I will only be there for about 5 months, but I do need to do something to bring in some money. I don't have any ER, CNA, etc. certifications either. Does anyone have any ideas for where to look for short-term work, besides the typical retail route?
  17. Hello! This is my first time using this forum, so bare with me. I have calculated my CASPA GPA according to the site and I pretty much have a 3.0 overall GPA with a 2.85 Science GPA. This science GPA does not factor in the Microbiology, Pharmacology, Anatomy II, Ecology, Phyisics I & II, Biochem that I have left to take....and to be honest its really NOT going to boost my GPA anymore than a 2.9 MAX (I have calulcated given that I get Bs or so). Lastly, I will graduating "officially" this summer of 2013 with a bachlors in biology. I want to also mention that I have a some what good "pre-med" background before actually deciding that I wanted to go to PA school, which was last year or so. Late decision on my part, I know. Luckily, many of the classes that I had were required for PA school...until I researched further that you need microbiology and biochem, among other classes (depending on the program) as a pre-req ._. Here is some of the things I have done: - Research Assistant for the Hospitalist Project at the University of Chicago Medical Center (Internship 2012-2013) - ED Medical Scribe (Nov 2012-present)---> my clinical experience Collecting pertinent data and managing emergency physician medical charts Observe the ED physician during all patient encounters and perform documentation on the physician’s behalf Monitor the duration of medical testing results, such as blood and urine test, x-ray, and CT reports Specialize in medical data entry in order to document the patient’s history, physical exam, lab results, procedures and physician consults - Global Medical Brigade (January 2012) - Executive board for 2 pre-health organizations at my school (hugh at my school) - Student Government for my university (2011-2012) - Volunteer at 3 different hospitals throughout college career (approx. 100 documented hours) other stuff that I don't consider important.... - Sorority Vice President/chapter member (2009-2011 at first insitution before transfering) - Studied abroad in Italy for one summer - Worked at various jobs every year since I was 16 yrs old. I also just recieved 2 recommendations from PA's and DO's, 1 from my research department, and working on 1 from a professor or pre-health advisor. I also have a few W's on my transcript. So with all that said, should I just go ahead an apply for PA school or just get into an Accelerated BSN program/msn program and work(or don't), then reapply to PA school right away. - I saw on CASPA that nursing classes count towards science GPA as well, just a thought. Getting a masters degree in anything science related to me sounds pointless and a waste of money. What if I don't get accepted to PA school? Then I'm left with 2 pointless degrees that can't get me a job anywhere REGARDLESS of the fact that I go to a good school. oh and i'll still be further in debt also... lol. Any feedback is appreciated. Thank you :)
  18. So long story short, I've experienced a rough transition from high school to undergraduate. My first year marks were not the best and my second year marks were average (biochem, genetics). Needless to say, the bottom of my transcript is nothing to boast about. Come third year, I get my life together and start popping out consistent 4.0s left, right, and center all the way through 4th year as well (human anatomy, human physiology, etc). So my issue is undoing my first two years. I am now graduated and have a lousy 3.0 overall GPA, with a 3.9-4.0 in my last two years. With this in mind, I realize there are masters programs out there which only look at the last two years. Obviously with my transcript, this is the difference between night and day. Are there PA schools out there worth going to which perform admissions in a similar manner? If not, how can I right my wrongs? I am currently in the phase of shadowing and receiving HCE hours before I apply, and have extensive volunteer, and leadership experience under my belt.Time and debt of going back to school for 2 more years would be overwhelming! Thanks for the input!
  19. I checked th MEDEX website and it says that they don't have an anatomy lab .. Anyone know about that .. They say anatomy is done online . ..is it okay for PAschools to not have an antomy lab ? Just wondering !
  20. Fellow Applicants, Just wondering if any Spokane campus applicants have received interviews (or rejection letters)? I applied on August 28th and got a "Criteria Met" email on September 26th. I got the same email again yesterday. Good luck all, A.J. Gray of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Spokane AMR Paramedic
  21. I will be starting PA school in August and will be getting a bachelor's degree. I would like to get my Master's degree in the future and keep seeing little rumors of PA's needing Master's in the future. Either way I think it's a good thing to have one just to be competitive. My question is, does it really matter what the Master's degree is in? Is it better to have a Master's in PA Studies or can I get it in Health Administration or Business etc?
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