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  1. Hi there! New to the community - I finally decided to make an account after reading through a ton of helpful forum posts ? Currently struggling with what to do to set myself up in the best way for PA school. I am 23 and just graduated two weeks ago with a B.S. of Health Science and during my final final exam week came to the realization that pursuing MD/DO wasn't the right match for me given my personal aspirations (family, time, etc.). I started off my freshman year getting 4.0s in every class, then had a drastic drop in my late sophomore/entire junior year GPA. I made the decision to transfer home to reground and refocus on my priorities. Following this, my grades improved significantly. I finished with a overall 3.38 cGPA at my second university, however my prior schooling and repeats of a handful of classes left me with an overall cGPA 2.99 and sGPA of 2.82 - which is obviously making me feel discouraged? Currently, I am set to be accepted to an 1-year accelerated nursing program starting in May 2019 to become an RN. I also got accepted to Case Western's Medical Physiology master's program and am waiting to hear back on one other MS program. I am leaning toward becoming an RN as I'm thinking this would give me more purpose and satisfaction in work rather than struggling to find a medical job without having any certification until I can further my education/career. I am also not sure how much benefit a general science master's degree would have overall or when applying to PA programs and, with that being said, given the cost of getting a masters...I'm hesitant to commit. The last two bonuses of being an RN, I'd be able to get my finances together and some quality HCE for a couple years before pursuing PA school. SO, my questions and confusion: Most important --> 1) What is the best way of raising my GPA and chances for PA school? Taking general or upper level sciences? Technically my GPA would bump up by doing the nursing program, however a few of my PA pre-reqs are low even after a couple repeats so I am concerned about this. 2) Should I repeat my pre-reqs? I noticed some schools say that you have to have taken these classes within 6 years of applying. By the time I apply, some of my pre-reqs will be past this and I would have to retake them anyway if this is the case. Am I not understanding this correctly? 3) What are thoughts on pursuing master's programs in relation to PA school? Benefits? Has anyone done this and would you do it again if you had the choice? Here are my stats again: cGPA: 2.99 // sGPA: 2.82 // GRE: v - 154/65th percentile, q - 153/51st percentile, w - 3.5 // Current paid HCE: 432 // Volunteer HCE: 652 I'm sorry this is long, but I am open to any and all words of advice anyone is willing to offer! Hopefully, this will help others as well - I've read a lot of uplifting forums that give me hope that it is still possible to achieve our goals! Thank you to all in advance!
  2. Hey all, I'm having some trouble deciding between becoming an RN or becoming a PA. I know there are many differences between the two professions, but that only seems to make my decision harder. Recently I just got accepted into my schools nursing program, but I'm not sure if I want to go through with it. For a very long time now I have wanted to be a PA but pretty much ruled it out because I thought the path it took to get there would be too hard. I have never been a straight A student (A's and B's with a rare C), and I know GPA is a heavily weighted factor in even getting considered for a PA program, not to mention the work you have to do if you get accepted! I am a very tenacious person. I know getting to PA school would be a challenge, but with all that considered, PA school is always on my mind. I feel like the only reason I am currently going for nursing is because I'm scared I would not be able to get into PA school (and if I don't then I'm kind of stuck). If anyone has any advice I would love to hear it!
  3. 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?
  4. Hello everyone. Let me jump in by first presenting the question, should I go to nursing school before PA school? I'm a veteran utilizing my GI bill and I just got accepted to a nursing program. However, my end goal is to become a physicians assistant. I initially thought that it would be wise do get a bachelors in nursing and then apply to PA school. I figured that it would give me good clinical experience, look good on my application to PA school, and guarentee me a job in case I don't get accepted right away. However, I recently looked at my degree audit and I'm starting to have second thoughts. In one more semester, I'll have an associates degree. If I didnt go into nursing, I could finish my bachelores in 2 more years and apply to PA school. On the other hand, if I start the nursing program, in two years I'll be a nurse, but I'll only have an associates. That means it would take an additional two years to get my bachelores, and finally apply to PA school. Is the clinical experience, and job security worth the extra two years of school? Should I just switch my major to Biology or something, and hope to get accepted into PA school on the first round? Should I consider NP? So far I've been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA. I'm not sure if that will factor into any advice you have for me, but I would really appreciate any feedback. Thank you for your time.
  5. Please give me any advice you think would be beneficial to augmenting my student/professional record as well as directing me towards a PA program or a particular Allied Health field. What will make me a better candidate? What I’m doing now: Taking prerequisites (at a community college) for PA/Nursing/Allied Health programs (e.g. Human Nutrition, A&P, Medical Terminology, Healthcare Ethics, etc.). I have been thinking about doing an accelerated BSN program, but I am not entirely sure yet. I am considering becoming a CNA next semester to get more experience around nurses to see if I really should apply to an accelerated BSN program or at least get experience for a PA/Allied Health program instead (e.g. occupational therapy, etc.). Problem: I’m unsure what program to apply to and what programs I will be competitive for, mostly because of my GPA and experience. It seems that most programs, A-BSN or Allied Health programs, require at least a 3.0 GPA to get looked at, but overall I’m just above that (see specifics below). I’m not looking to get into the best school, just get into a school that will provide me with a good, accredited, education that will help me enter a career that I will find personally and professionally satisfying. Furthermore, in the last couple of years I developed an autoimmune disease so I am less comfortable with constantly working around infectious/communicable people since I take an immunosuppressant (although I am not worried about working with the infectious diseases in a laboratory setting because I have more control over being aseptic, sterile, etc.). Also, because of the autoimmune disease, I find it is now harder to work a long day (10+ hours) without needing a full day (that feels wasted) of rest to regain my energy. I also recently read a couple of research articles that listed nursing as one of the top professions where people in that career die of autoimmune diseases at a higher rate than other professions. I really like healthcare and biological sciences. The experiences I’ve had within various parts of those fields have really helped me figure out what I find fulfilling within them, leading me to PA/Nursing/Allied Health. Now I just need to find what particular PA/Nursing/Allied Health career will fit with my background and needs. The good news is while I am in my 30s now, I can take my time getting to where I need to be because my spouse and I don’t have children to support. Degrees: University of California (Double major, a little over 10 years ago.) -B.S. Biology with thesis honors (Molecular/Cellular focus.) -B.A. Psychology with honors Social Service Award at Graduation GPAs: -UC Overall GPA: 3.13 -UC Science GPA: 2.81 -UC Non-Science GPA: 3.58 I had a couple of major personal crises that caused me to go from As & Bs to Bs and Cs (with 1 F), which is why my science GPA took a hit. I think I would have to take 8 science classes and get 8 As to raise the Science GPA to 3.0… -Community College GPA: All As so far. Publications: -1 in a science journal -1 in a public health magazine Experience: -Chiropractic Assistant (70% patient care, 30% office work, under this chiropractor the CA duties tended to be more like assistant PT work, helping with a lot of patient active/passive therapies – this is where I learned that I really like working with patients, as well as doing patient education.) -Retail Management -Drug Rehab Behavioral/Mental Health Research Assistant -Microbiology Lab Research Assistant (I like lab work, but I want to know that the lab work I’m doing will be tangibly helpful to someone and I do not want to be grant dependent.) -College Sport Coach -Public Health Organization Intern -Teaching Assistant during undergrad (I learned I really enjoy teaching people science-related topics.) -In high school I did a nursing volunteer/internship (I learned I feel very comfortable in a hospital-environment.)
  6. I am getting ready to reapply for PA programs this cycle. I have four years (7,084 hours) of nursing experience with the last 1152 hours as a Neuro/Trauma ICU nurse. MY SGPA 3.46 and my under graduate GPA is also 3.46. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from my ADN program in 2013. I have four great letters of recommendation (1 PA , 1 former PA now ortho resident, 1 NP I've worked with in the ICU, and 1 former chemistry professor). My GRE is pretty bad since I only studied two weeks for it: Quantitative 143, Verbal 146, Analytical writing 3.0 I was rejected from every school I applied to last cycle and the only thing I can assume is because either my admission letter, GRE, or applying late in the cycle (I applied mostly in August/September). My question is, has anyone used a professional writing company for your admission letter? If so, who would you recommend? I am preparing to retake the GRE soon, but I figured working on my admission letter would hurt either. Any recommendation are appreciated Thanks!
  7. Hello, I am trying to decide which major to choose at the moment for undergrad. I have heard that the science classes for nurses do not count for pa school prereqs because they are different for nursing then other science majors, is this true?
  8. I want to apply to an accelerated RN program just in case I don't get accepted to one of the PA programs I have already applied to. If there is a chance that this would negatively impact my PA applications I don't want to do it, but if it doesn't matter I want to have a backup plan for the year I will be re-applying to PA school. I have already tried to start an application and it won't let me use the same email address. Is this a hint that it's discouraged or just a website design error? I look forward to your feedback. Thank You
  9. I really want to apply this year and see if I get in. My GPA is very low with a cGPA of 3.19 and pGPA of 3.09. I have 500 hrs as a pharm tech, 200 hrs as a volunteer, 50 hrs as a CNA Seeing this, I know I would have to work on my HCE 2-3 years in order to get into PA school. My question is, even if I put in the commitment of working 2-3 years and accumulating HCE, will it be worth it??? Seems like the average GPAs to get into PA school are getting higher and the average HCE among applicants are getting lower.. I am also considering going into nursing first and working a few years to get experience, raise my GPA, and pay off my undergrad loans before applying to PA school. Please let me know what you all think.
  10. I've seen quite a few times that interviewers will question why you're choosing to become a PA rather than a Nurse Practitioner after working as a nurse full-time for several years. To me, I'll still be getting the hands on experience I need to be functional as a PA and will be more involved and in the know than I would if I worked as a CNA first, which seems to be a more accepted form of getting patient care experience for PA school. Do you think becoming a Nurse could affect my chances of being accepted to PA school? My argument would be that I prefer the more in depth diagnosis and treatment route paired with patient care of a PA, rather than the health education/awareness model of the DNP program. Thanks!
  11. I am applying for positions in a different state. They will not pay to fly me in for a face to face interview. I find this very odd. Is this the norm now?
  12. Is it okay to take science courses during the summer ? Any advice and any advice of study strategies? Sent from my SM-N910T using Tapatalk
  13. I thought I would ask professional PA's if it was possible to only work 6 or 7 months out of the year. Do you know any PA's with a schedule like that or do you have any information to make 6 month on 6 months off possible. I would love to be a PA but traveling has also become a passion of mine ,and working 6 or 7 months out of the year would give me plenty of time to travel. It actually seems more common in the nursing world and might actually be easier in the nursing world but I decided to check here before making a decision.
  14. Hello, my name is Ana and I have a BA from The New School in NYC. After many years in the arts (I am 36 and a mother of 1) I have decided I would like to be a PA or an NP. In the past year I have lost 3 very close family members and took care of all of them at home: 2 with cancer one with Alzheimer's who spent her final days in a nursing home, with me visiting every day and changing the dressings on her unstageable wounds. (long story, nursing home abuse) I am a huge fan of science and medicine. I thought about being a dermatologist in my early 20's but art is what I had been doing since I can remember and I natuarlly just followed that path but now regret it. I have enrolled in BMCC and taking pre-requisites which can be considered for both nursing and PA degrees. My gpa is 3.9 so far but do have a B+ in chem:( My questions are: -am I too old to become a PA? -should I continue my AP 1+ 2 + all other science pre-reqs (and LOTS of them) at BMCC and then apply to PA school? Or should I do AP 1 + 2 in PA school? BMCC is SO affordable! -should I transfer into the PA school BEFORE applying to the PA program? Lastly and most importantly: PA schools require experience and my experience with my loved ones will not count. -Is volunteering considered experience or must I be hired/paid as a medical assistant first, in which case I will have to get a certificate for this as well:( Thank you so, so much for this advice and I am so happy to find this forum All the best, Ana
  15. I am a third year student in University and I'm majoring in Health Sciences in the East Coast. I know I want to be in the medical field but I am torn between getting a post-bacc in Nursing or going straight to PA School. I want to achieve my highest potential but I don't know if starting with a BSN and working my way up would be more or less beneficial than going to grad school to become a PA. Any Suggestions? Please be informative and considerate.
  16. Hey guys, So, the university I attend does NOT OFFER ANY anatomy and physiology with labs course in the bio department *argh*. All that they offer is A&P through the nursing school. I would prefer to take it at my university because I get free tuition. Would taking A&P through the nursing school be satisfactory? If it matters, our nursing school is rated as one of the top in the country. Thanks for your help :)
  17. RNs who became PAs, please describe/compare/contrast your experiences in each program. I understand that both BSN (ASNs, MSNs too,) and PA programs are intense and challenging but: Which program was more difficult and how so? How much and in what ways did your nursing background help you in PA school? How does the nursing model compare with the the medical model? Is it hard to make the transition from one model to the other? Why did you choose to become a PA rather than an NP? THANKS for your input! Trying to get an idea of what I'm in for...
  18. Do ALL states require PA-C to take the PANRE or does CME satisfy the requirement? That is, are there some states that do not require PA-C to take the PANRE every 6 years and if so, is there a list? Thanks
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