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  1. Hi all, For PCE hours, would you say it is more about gaining experience working with patients (touching them, working with their quirks, understanding bedside manner, etc) or more about gaining knowledge for PA school and your career? I originally thought scribing would be best - gain lots of knowledge, and was confused why something like physical therapy aide would be an option for PCE (how much do you learn about being a generalist in medicine from that?). But now I am starting to realize that I might have this backwards for many programs - and that they would rather have a PT aide over scribing because of more "hands on" experience working with patients - is that correct? Of course I'm sure it depends on programs, and having both combined is even better. Any thoughts are helpful, thanks!
  2. Hi everyone, I recently had an interview with a PA school and found that the interviewer seemed to find clinical experience with a MD more valuable than clinical experience with a PA, and yes, this is actual paid hours, not just shadowing. Has anyone else experienced this? I am in total shock since I am applying to PA school rather than Medical school. I may be wrong but I thought that my experience working closely with a PA was a huge plus. How would I know that I wanted to go to PA school without that experience? Working with a PA has provided a huge insight on the role of a PA vs that of an MD. Can anyone else speak to this experience? Have you had similar experiences? Do you agree or disagree with the interviewer? All advice/input is welcome.
  3. I'm currently a junior in college and have decided to switch career paths from a dietitian to a PA. I don't have any PCE hours (except for some volunteer EMS hours in high school) so I am wondering the timeline for how I would apply to PA school if I took a gap year. I am a college athlete so I can only obtain very minimal HCE hours during the academic year and thus plan on taking a gap year to work as a PT aide and volunteer EMT. From what I have researched most PA school applications open up in June for the program to start the following year, and there is no way I could get the minimum amount of hours before applying. If I take a gap year after my senior year, then apply to school, this would mean waiting two years to begin school. Is it possible to complete PCE hours after applying, or do you think it would be a better idea to strengthen my application through two years of experience as an EMT & PT aide. Thanks in advance!
  4. I'm currently pre-pa and have a few questions on PCE. I have been a volunteer at my town's first aid squad for three years (~500 hours), although I am not an EMT (I haven't had time to take the class because I am a college-athlete and unfortunately do not have the time). Would this still count as at patient care hours, or only if I become a certified EMT? My role includes assisting the EMTs, transporting patients, taking vitals, and writing down patient information. Thanks in advance!
  5. Hello, I’m currently taking a gap year and preparing to apply for PA school when CASPA opens up in April 2020. I have a question regarding direct patient care hours. I’ve been working as a home-health CNA for the past 3 years, racking up 2000+ hours. With that being said, I’ve always had this anxiety eating away at me that home-health CNA’s are looked down upon in the terms of what they’re able to do as opposed to CNA’s working in SNF, hospitals, etc. I’m often misrepresented as a home-health aide even though I have my CNA license. I’m always afraid this will hinder me when applying to PA programs simply because I’m viewed as more of a “maid” than a healthcare professional. However, I do more CNA tasks than what people assume. I have bed ridden clients I care for, I have clients that require lifts, and I have clients that are on ventilators. On the other hand, I do have my fair share of clients that are on respite care and my time is solely spent there as a comforter and person to talk to. At a recent open house for a PA school I’m interested in, I voiced my concern for this and they assured me that it’s quality over quantity and as long as I was caring for someone it would suffice them. However, that’s just one of the many schools I’m interested in. With this being said, I also have some volunteer hours working as a CNA in a free clinic in my hometown where I’m doing more of the assessing and treating PA schools are looking for. However, majority of my hours are from my CNA job. I chose home health because I knew the company I was going to work for was very flexible with hours and I needed that while I was in college. I’ve been with them for so long and grew so close to patients that I haven’t thought about leaving and going to a hospital or SNF to get more/different exposure. I guess my question for anyone reading this is: would you consider my home health CNA job direct patient care?
  6. Hello! I am a potential applicant for the 2021 cycle and want to make sure I am as prepared as possible! Does anyone have any advice/statistics/experiences they can share?! Any information is appreciated, thanks!
  7. I need help with figuring out how to get my direct patient care hours for pa school. I don't know if I should get a certification to be an EMT since I've heard people talk about being a CNA. Also, people listed out options such as a physical therapist aide. I just finished getting a Bachelors in Biology and I'm confused on what to do to get my hours fast to go apply to pa school. What did you do to get your direct patient care hours.
  8. Hello all, I am a prospective PA student, and was just wondering if any of you have come across this kind of hypothetical situation and how it has played out: You're in some kind of public place when you hear a commotion and realize someone had a medical emergency, and people are saying "Is there a doctor here?" You identify yourself as a PA saying you can help. I'm almost imagining, in a comical sense, a scenario like "I'm a PA, I can help, what happened?" "You're a what? What's that?" And someone else walks up and says "I'm red cross first aid certified." "Oh ok great, you're first aid certified, OK you help." Do you feel that the public is educated enough about PAs and what they do, or do you still have to explain to people, and how do you see the trend moving forward (and why)? Thanks!
  9. How do you think my chances are? I have a 309 combined GRE score 3.17 cGPA 3.3 sGPA 3.6 (last 60 hour GPA) Bachelor's in Health Science Paramedic for 4 years 13,000 Patient Care Hours 24,000 HCE hours 35 shadowing hours (PA) 800 volunteer hours (scout leader) I'm concerned about my lower cumulative GPA...what do you think?
  10. For those interested in a hands-on healthcare opportunity: Mezona Orthopaedic in Gilbert, AZ is currently hiring for a student intern position to work alongside an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hands and wrists. Applicants must be available to work Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7am-5pm. Applicants must be graduated from college or currently graduating seniors, and commit to one year of employment. This position offers the opportunity to: -Assess and treat conditions related to upper extremities. Assessment and treatment include: obtaining patient vitals, assessing signs, symptoms and previous treatment, ordering necessary imaging, presenting the patient's case and treatment to the provider, casting, splinting and removing sutures. -Conduct nerve studies using sensitive electromyography equipment to better assess the severity of nerve damage for diagnoses such as carpal tunnel syndrome. This is an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates interested in attending medical or PA school to gain hands on experience in the medical field. Please message me for further details.
  11. I'm not exactly sure how to label one of my health care experiences or if I should.. My dad was involved in a severe motor vehicle accident early last year and was in various hospitals for a number of months. He had a tracheotomy, pressure ulcers (from the coma he was in for approx. 2 mo - they could not turn him for fear of brain hemorrhaging due to pressure imbalance), and has a gastrostomy tube, as well as several other complications. During that time, especially since I spent days at a time with my dad at the hospital, I was allowed to perform CNA-type responsibilities (turning/re-positioning, taking vitals, bed-bathing, dressing, changing diaper after bowel movement, etc.), Respiratory therapy responsibilities (trach-care - cleaning outside the stoma and surrounding area, changing tubing and gauze, replacing inner cannula, etc.), and some Nursing responsibilities (wound care for stage 4 pressure ulcers that were approx. stage 2 at the time; helping with bolus tube feeding). Since my dad's come home, I've been able to expand on some capabilities as we stopped home care service. I have been able to administer medication and bolus tube feed. And since my dad is currently attending Out-patient Rehab, I assist him at home with his therapeutic agenda of everyday while helping with ADLs. I am not licensed or certified in anything other than CNA (which I only recently obtained). I also would like to note that as a result of having to take time to help take care of my dad, I will have less patient care hours (if they don't accept this experience) and will seem less competitive. How would I go about demonstrating these experiences? Or should I? I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions you may have!
  12. I'm 38. Wet to college on and off for many years due to personal and family issues (two surgeries of my own, taking care of a very sick family member for ten years and having to work two jobs to support my parents, among other things). I also have lots of withdrawals in my history and one "F" in Physics, which I retook. I've always dreamt of becoming a physician, but due to my blemished academic history, it is obvious I'll never be accepted. I'm OK with this, and am now trying to decide among the following programs: 1) Bachelor of Nursing 2) Physician Assistant 3) Nurse Anesthetist I am three classes away from graduating with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. This can be easily accomplished by the end of 2014. My GPA lies somewhere between 2.8 and 3.0. Here are my questions: 1) Should I graduate with a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts and then go for one of the degrees listed above? Or should try to get into nursing school now, before I graduate with my Bachelor's? I am afraid I will not qualify for financial aid for a second Bachelor's if I graduate now. 2) If I were lucky enough to get in, would I still be able to work? I am in a loosely-related healthcare field, and do three 13-hour shifts per week. 3) How long would this process take? I am trying to figure out what is the most realistic, cost-effective and efficient way to do it. I've always known I belonged in healthcare, and by now I am certain this is not going to change. I am poor, but healthy, unmarried, no children, bright and more than willing to go the extra mile. Any advice would be appreciated!
  13. Hi everyone! I am an MBA student in Pittsburgh, PA. I am working on my thesis in the area of health care management, attempting to solve a recruiting and retention problem I observed in local health care companies. (I am not a recruiter!) My research pointed me in this direction- to individuals who want to be PAs- as the solution to my problem. I believe my solution would simultaneously solve what I have come to learn is a real challenge for pre-PAs, and that is the difficulty obtaining patient care hours and PA shadowing hours. Is anyone reading this in the Pittsburgh area, so that we might be able to talk about your experience and see if you think my solution is viable and practical? I would really appreciate learning from your experience to add that real world perspective to my research. Thank you! Nicole
  14. Hi, My name is Amy. I am applying for the UF PA program beginning in 2014. I have been a registered dietitian for the past 2 years working full time in a hospital. By the time the program begins I will have 3+ years experience. They talk in the prior experience section about direst hands on touching. I do not take vitals or draw blood but am constantly in patients rooms, assessing them and do have contact specially regarding assessing muscle integrity. Will this be enough? All input appreciated:;)):
  15. Hi Everyone, I have recently become interested in the Physician Assistant career. Here is some information about me. I have a BS in Biochemistry, minor in Psychology 3.78 GPA, higher science GPA (maybe 3.9). I graduated in 2007 and since that time I have been involved in research at a University and at the National Institutes of Health as a Research Assistant and Clinical Research Recruiter. I was also just offered a position as a Research Coordinator at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Thus, my experience has mostly been research and my interactions with subjects/patients has been research based not clinical. I am interested in getting some clinical experience and working toward my clinical hours for PA school (some schools require 1000-2000 hours). I do not have any EMT or CNA certifications at this time. I also need a steady income to support myself. I was thinking of taking the Research Coordinator position and doing some volunteering at a clinic for underserved populations in my area in the evenings and weekend. Do you think this would count as direct patient care hours? In addition, what are some jobs that one can obtain patient care hours with out a certification as a CNA/EMT? In addition, I think the Ambulance is volunteer in my community. Does that mean that I can become an EMT for free? Are volunteer EMTs volunteering after their job? Please let me know if you have any thoughts, etc. I would greatly appreciate any help. I am also very interested in the PA/MPH dual degree. Are there any experiences that you think could help one get into a degree like that? In addition, I am interested in the National Health Service Corps Scholarship and if you know anything about that I am greatly interested as well. Thank you for all your help. Veronica
  16. Hey everyone, I'm a paramedic in L.A. County, live in Huntington Beach and am almost done with prereqs for RCC's program. Was wondering if anyone has any personal knowledge of the average number of attempts it takes to gain entry into RCC's PA program. I'd hate to sit around for several years applying with my fingers crossed! :D mb
  17. Hi Everyone, I have been trying to get a hospital CNA job for 6 months and finally had one offered to me. The only problem is that it's only 24 hours a week (two 12-hour shifts) and I was planning on starting on my prerequisites (full-time) this Fall. I am trying to decide if I should take the job and lighten my course load, or just push on with the prerequisites, which I would finish in 3 semesters (1 calendar year). What is more important? Regardless, I am quitting my job in Health IT in a few weeks. Here are my stats: - 100 hours patient care (CNA at a home health aid agency) - MS in Healthcare Management (3.97 GPA) - BA in Economics (3.54 GPA) - About to enroll in core sciences at a local community college - Served 27 months in the Peace Corps as an HIV/AIDS Community Health Volunteer - 1 year health IT experience (supporting electronic medical records) - 2 years pharmaceutical policy experience The schools I'm looking at either accept Peace Corps experience as direct patient care (Duke) or do not have a minimum requirement for patient care (Wichita State). Still I worry that I will not be admitted without more hands-on experience. So, if I want to apply for the next admission cycle (2013), I would have to take a full course load starting in August. The only prerequisite I have is Statistics. Would working nights (24 hrs a week) as a CNA be impossible while going to school? My plan is Fall 2012: Biology I, Chemistry I, Microbiology, Psychology (Human Development), Medical Terminology Spring 2013: Chemistry II, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics Summer 2013: Pathophysiology, Biochemistry Advice on what path to pursue would be much appreciated!
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