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  1. Hey y'all so I am a sophomore in undergrad and in the process of just starting to get PCE, shadow, and volunteer hours and etc, but I am super stressed out because I am itching to start getting PCE hours except its so difficult while in school. I was thinking about becoming an EMT and working for 2 years after I graduate but I wasn't sure if being an EMT is considered PCE among most colleges, does anyone know? (I also tried to work as a caregiver over summer and that job isn't for me) Also, I'm trying to compile a list of PA schools to apply to, so if anyone has any recommendation
  2. Hi! I'm new to this forum and desperately need the help of people who has knowledge of what it takes to become a PA! I'm a current undergrad student, a sophomore majoring in Global Public Health with a possible minor in Biology. I'm on the road to obtaining all my prerequisites, but I'm really struggling with the patient care experience hours needed. Most schools I'm viewing need 1,000 plus hours which seems insane to me. I feel like most of the jobs acceptable for direct patient care contact are things that need even more schooling, such as an MA or EMT. I've applied many places to becom
  3. 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 aid
  4. 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
  5. 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 amou
  6. 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!
  7. 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 applyin
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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 f
  11. 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?
  12. 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, sym
  13. 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-p
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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:;)):
  17. 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 subjec
  18. 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
  19. 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 agen
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