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  1. Hi everyone. I am a high school senior who is stressing about where I want to go to school, as well as figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. The idea that the decisions I make these next few months could be life altering one's scare me. Crazy right? I am currently an intern at a local hospital. When people ask me what I do, I like to say, "I'm a CNA......under supervision." So yes, I clean up poop. My internship is great being that I get to rotate through various departments of the hospital. All throughout high school, my career goals have constantly changed. It's been a roller coaster. When I got into my internship, I knew the medical field was for me, but now what? As bad as this sounds, I wanted to be a doctor for the title and sadly, the money. So, I applied to all of my universities as a Biology/Pre-med student with the hopes I do well in my prerequisites and get past the 4%-8% admission rates to medical school. But, the doctors at my hospital, granted this only a few, are not very social. The nurses on the other hand are friendly and more people oriented in my opinion. So, after being accepted as a pre-med student, I changed my major to pre-nursing to ultimately get my BSN. I respect nurses but I hope to further my education and go to PA school. So, what do I do? If I understand this correctly, would this be the correct route? First, get my BSN and work as an RN gaining clinical experience. Second, apply to a post-baccalaureate program and fulfill the prerequisites for PA school. Lastly, apply/get accepted to an accredited PA program. Is this correct? I am so sorry if this topic has already come up. Words cannot describe how passionate I am about the healthcare field I don't want to mess it up! Hope you all have a good day!
  2. If anyone can help me out, give me helpful documents or advice itd be great.... I have recently graduated from UCI with a B.S. in Biological Science and I am currently working with a team of oncologists and infectious disease physicians as a medical assistant/phlebotomist. Common duties include, but not limited to are: taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and related lab work, authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies, and perform general front office tasks when needed. I am planning on applying to dual degree programs to attain my MBA/MPA, so that I can work for both aspects of the healthcare field, both the business side and patient contact side. I am currently working with a Healthcare Administrator as well doing EMR related work as well. My main concern and constant debate is whether my academic background needs strengthening by enrolling in a post-bac program, or if I would be a good applicant to apply straight for PA programs. I want to ultimately attend a good P.A. school and attain that degree. My undergraduate gpa was 2.8, no GRE (yet), and by the time I apply I will have accumulated close to 2000+ HCE hours. I am really confused as to what I should do, I understand I am young but I do not want to waste any time, I want to try and make the best choice I can...Post-bac then apply, apply straight to PA programs, or get a masters/increase gpa and then apply.... IDK! If anyone can help me out thatd be awesome! Thanks
  3. I amcurrently a microbial biology student and have decided to switch to an arthistory major. I hope this change willallow the course flexibility to finish my remaining PA pre-reqs well and thetime to focus on gaining clinical experience. Mystats are: 3rdyear undergraduate. cumulativeGPA: 2.97 science GPA:2.66 I planto raise both GPAs to at least a 3.0 by finishing both my major and PArequirements in my final year and summers. Also, I will aggressively pursueclinical opportunities while working as a phlebotomist. But, Iwas mainly concerned about how admissions committees might view my change inmajor. As faras increasing my science GPA post-bac, would it be better to retake the essentialpre-reqs that I've earned C's in (bio, Ochem), or, takemore elective courses (genetics, immunology, medical terminology, etc.) andperform well? Anysuggestions for post-bac programs would be much needed and appreciated!
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