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  1. Hey Everyone, I'm sure this topic has been beaten to death, but I'm looking for some advice. My current stats are: cGPA - 2.96 sGPA - 3.16 Last 50 Credits - 3.84 PCE - 4000+ Hrs My AnP 1 and 2 grades are both B- from undergrad, when I didn't know what I was doing with my life. I'm wondering if I should point my energy towards retaking these two courses for A's or should I pursue a Master's program? Thanks for all your help, really appreciate it.
  2. I have completed my bachelor's degree in Biology, but since I was pre-med back then, I didn't complete the anatomy and physiology course and now have to complete it at a community college. I also have a full time job and was hoping to take anatomy and physiology in a hybrid setting (online lecture with in person lab). Is this a good idea? I've been looking at schools websites and some don't care, some said "considered on an individual basis," and some won't accept it. Am I limiting my chances too much? I want to apply mostly west coast and surrounding states. I also have to take statistics and I hope to apply for Fall 2020. Thanks!
  3. I have some concern about my A&P GPA meeting the prerequisite requirement for PA school. As most of you know many PA schools have a minimum GPA requirement of a "B-" or 3.0. In my first term of A&P lab I received a C+, which doesn't meet the minimum requirement. But my overall A&P GPA (3 quarters of lecture and laboratory) does meet the minimum GPA requirement. What will PA schools look at, my individual letter grade or my overall A&P GPA?
  4. Hello, fellow pre-PAs. I have chosen human physiology as my undergrad with a minor in Spanish. What do you think of this major in regards to applying for PA school? Is anyone here pursuing the same degree? My top program choice is the Oregon Health and Science University. My goal is to become an Orthopedic surgery PA. Any opinions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance
  5. Hello, I am currently a freshmen at a four year university. My university does not offer anatomy and physiology with lab, just anatomy and physiology. I know that most pa schools require A&P with lab. Do you guys have any suggestions? Any help will be very much appreciated!
  6. Hi all! I am applying to PA schools and need to fulfill ONE LAST academic requirement....Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 with lab. Still kicking myself for not taking the courses in college. I graduated with an undergraduate degree in Microbiology and a graduate degree in Bioterrorism and Infectious Diseases, so I meet all other prereqs. The problem is that I work a full time job with the FDA that is 50% travel, so I am not able to take the AP courses in person. I know this is a drawback for some schools, but I am afraid I don't have another option. Does anyone know of any online AP classes with lab from accredited schools that are known to be accepted at a variety of PA schools? Any and ALL help is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much! -Tara
  7. Mid-40's female nurse seen yesterday for a Boy Scout physical. During course of hx. review she gives me an interesting story. Hx. of heart murmur as small child that was noted to "go away" as she got older. Later in life (adulthood) she develops DOE with associated cyanosis. Pulse ox values consistently read in the low 90's at rest. ETT unremarkable. Has heart cath and reported to be normal. Normal LV function and EF. No hypertrophic changes or dilation. PCWP normal to exclude suspected pulmonary HTN. Only one test remains which coincidentally gives the diagnosis. What's the test and the diagnosis? Hint: No contraindication to participation in any activity and situation now resolved.
  8. 9 month Pathoma subscription available through 11/20/2017!! Pathoma helped me get through my didactic year of PA school and I've continued to refer to it throughout my clinical year for a quick review and reference on the pathology behind many disorders. I have 9 months left of an original 21-month subscription for sale for $60. I'll also include a PDF of the Fundamentals of Pathology textbook, valued at $54.99 on Amazon. Normal Pathoma subscription: regular 3 month price is $84.95, regular 21 month subscription is $119.95 Payment can be made via PayPal or Venmo. PM for more details and I will get back to you on the same day.
  9. Hi everybody, At my university, I have to take a human/mammalian physiology class as one of the requirements for a Molecular Cell Bio major. Without realizing that I had to take that class (because I was being stupid and not double checking), I enrolled myself into a regular Human Physiology class (for PA school) and am currently getting a C. I know for sure that I would eventually have to take the Human/Mammalian Physiology course that is required. 1. Would PA schools consider the Human/Mammalian Physiology course as a Physiology class? Or is it strictly suppose to be focused on human Physio only? 2. Let's say that I did better in the Human/Mammalian Physio course, would PA schools disregard the C that I had received in the prior course? Thank you so much! :)
  10. In Western Washington University, the course title for the human anatomy and physiology sequence is odd. BIOL 348 is "Human Anatomy and Physiology" and BIOL 349 is "Human Physiology". These are the links to the courses in the catalog: http://catalog.wwu.e...d=11&coid=96356 http://catalog.wwu.e...d=11&coid=96357 Will PA schools have an issue with the way my university titled these courses and not accept them? Also for some reason the BIOL 349 does not mention lab even though that class does include lab.. If anyone could give me advice regarding this that would be great!
  11. Hi everyone, My undergrad school has a strange A&P class--the biology department offers only a one semester class that covers A&P for all systems. I know most PA schools require 2 semesters, but I've also taken Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms through my minor, Speech and Hearing Sciences. Does anyone know if this will count towards A&P hours, or must the class be more general? Thanks!
  12. Hello, I'm starting down the path to become a P.A. and have a few questions I cannot find answers for here. 1) If one has a strong interest in pursuing EM, would it be advisable to delay starting PA school to earn an EMT-P over a simple EMT-B or can the skills learned in paramedic training be easily gained through a residency or on-the-job? I am an EMT-B and could become a paramedic in 1.5 years or else apply 1.5 years sooner. I want to be prepared to practice at the highest level in EM one day in the far future so the delay would be worth it if necessary. 2) Does PA School ranking matter for jobs? For residency competitiveness? For future academic endeavors? For respect on the job? 3) How is California as a market for PAs? I have no interest in living elsewhere. It's California or bust. Is this going to be a problem (I'm fine with taking pay cut to be here, just want to make sure I won't have to move to the east God forbid.) Thanks everyone!
  13. Watch AAPA President, John McGinnity talk about the PA profession and how PAs are helping increase access to healthcare. Watch here: http://bit.ly/CSPANInterview Danielle Di Silvestro Director, Applicant & Student Services, PAEA, CASPA danielle@PAEAonline.org
  14. At the age of 20, I left everything behind in China to start a new life by myself in the United States. Since then, I have experienced the most challenging, exciting, and unforgettable time of my life. I have improved my English; I have adapted to the foreign culture; I have experienced the American college life; and the most important thing is—I have figured out what I want to do with my life: become a Physician Assistant. Before moving to the US, I had completed two years of pre-Med courses. Having always been interested in medicine, I thought becoming a medical doctor was the only logical choice for me. However, I changed my mind after learning about the PA profession through my volunteering experience in an Urgent care facility. I was drawn to PA’s flexibility to work in different fields of medicine and to make decisions on treatments autonomously while also work as a team with physicians to provide patient care. After graduating from University of Pittsburgh, I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Orthopedic Center of Halifax Health hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida. In this capacity, I had the opportunity to see how PAs work in a hospital setting on a regular basis and the roles that PAs play in providing patient care. Once, I had a patient who was brought in from a motorcycle accident with multiple fractured bones. After surgery, she was very anxious and scared. A PA came in to see her. He was very comforting and took time to explain her diagnostic test results, surgery, medications, physical therapy and recovery. Learning about her condition and knowing that she is in good hands, the patient gradually calmed down. The PA’s professional manner, knowledge and compassion were so inspiring that further ignited my passion to become a PA. The presence of PA allows patients to be seen promptly, gives patients the attention that they deserve, and helps the ones who are truly in need. I believe that patient care is more than treating diseases. Working as a CNA, my biggest satisfaction is gaining trust from my patients, who can then open up to me, allowing me to help them both physically and mentally. However, my scope of practice limits how much I can help and I wish I could do more. I want to perform diagnosis, develop treatment plans, consult patients, and follow up with them until they are healthy enough to go back to their normal lives. Moving from China to the US, I have encountered a wide range of people who have different cultures and social backgrounds from me. My experience of absorbing the foreign cultures and growing from the diversity has made me very adaptable when interacting with people. I have realized that many patients in the hospital are under various degrees of emotional stress, and it is very important that healthcare professionals relate to them, communicate effectively, work as a team, and have a positive attitude and gentle demeanor. I have learned a few techniques to improve my ability to interact with my patients. I always memorize their names at the beginning of my shift, and throughout the day, I practice their names and get to know everyone as a person. This has helped increase the comfort level of my patients and improved our communications. In my spare time, I’ve read articles and watch videos about some common diseases or surgeries, like knee or hip replacement, which has helped me relate to my patients. Throughout college, I have learned from my experiences and matured building upon my potential to become a successful PA. As a receptionist in the Urgent Care facility, I registered patients’ information in the computer. This experience taught me the importance of collecting medical history before making any decision, which is a critical skill transferable to practicing as a PA. I also explored the relationship between biomedical research and clinical medicine by working in a pathology lab, an In-vitro fertilization lab, and a lung cancer research lab. These experiences not only gave me an eye for detail, but also generated my interest in reading scientific articles. In the future, I hope to contribute to some research that would have practical values in patient care. Furthermore, I shadowed an orthopedic PA and a neurosurgical PA, who not only showed me how they treat patients in clinic settings, but also gave me the first-hand opportunities to watch them assist in surgeries. I also shadowed a Nurse Practitioner in a Rehabilitation facility, where she has similar responsibility as a primary care PA. This experience reinforced my confidence to truly enjoy the profession where I can actively get involved in the care of patients. I have always dreamed of having a career that is fulfilling and meaningful. After exploring, learning, and working in the medical field, I am positive that PA is what I want to be. Its autonomy, teamwork, and treating patients on a personal level are all the reasons why I’m passionate about this profession. I believe that my academic background and working experiences have prepared me for the demanding, yet rewarding career. I am dedicated, determined, and excited to fulfill this dream.
  15. Hello, I'm looking to apply to a handful of PA programs and my undergrad GPA is low but my post-bac GPA is good. However, I believe CASPA takes ALL grades. With that being said, would it be good idea to include a GRE score even though the schools I am applying to don't require it? Is this just nonsense from classmates filling my head? Also, if does Exercise Physiology is a kinesiology course, does it count towards my science GPA? My advisor thinks it should count because it's physiology but does not know the for sure answer. I am applying to Samuel Merritt, UC Davis, Touro, and possibly Stanford. Thank you for your time.
  16. I still need to take Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) and most schools require it, if not strongly recommended. GPA: 3.63
  17. There are two year long anatomy courses that are taught at my college. I was wondering which one was sufficient for the application for most PA schools. The first one is Anatomy and Physiology 141 and 142. Although it's only a 100 level course it's probably three times as hard as my general biology course and it covered all of the organ systems. I was wondering if that's acceptable for PA schools because I can't imagine that PA schools would require the upper level course because of the difficulty. At least at my school, the only people who take the advanced anatomy and physiology class are Kinesiology majors because it's a requirement and a few pre-med students. I know at USC, they require the upper level anatomy and physiology course but I was curious about other colleges? I think I'm going to be a microbiology major and it'd be really tough to fit the upper level anatomy course into my schedule and still be able to graduate in 4 years.
  18. For any current PA students or pre-PA students, is anyone familiar with the laws governing PAs (Michigan)? Also, what are the current biggest issues in healthcare? Issues that PAs face? Any input would be greatly appreciated, as I am currently trying to prepare for a PA school interview. Thank you!
  19. So I am scheduled to complete the UNMC Master's DLPA program 10/11. I am logging my CME for 6/11 completion. I was wondering if I could essentially log 50 category II CME based on hour per hour basis? I have already spent over 50 hours on the degree. Anyone who has done the UNMC DLPA Master's program care to comment?
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