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Thought I'd start a 2020-2021 pa forum for this cycle. I was verified on 5/14. Good Luck everyone!
Hey y'all, So I wanted to get some advice on a possible future career as a PA. I've been very interested in the profession for the past few months even though I've only been reading about it online. I feel like I might still need to shadow a PA in order to really make sure but for now I do see myself doing it. I'm an MLT working at a hospital for the last two and a half years. I'm finishing up my Bachelor's in Biology this fall and plan to take both A&P 1 and 2 at my nearby community college in the spring. I will also be getting certified as an MT after graduation. Yay! The school that I'm interested in at the moment is Shenandoah University. I know that I'm good with all the requirements except for, of course, HCE. Their website actually lists HCE as "not required, but highly suggested and considered" by their admissions committee. I want to know how I can pair up my MLT experience with something else that involves patient contact . I've considered doing phlebotomy here at the hospital but I don't think it's sufficient according to some forum topics I've read. Also, my hospital offers training to be an interpreter (I'm bilingual in Spanish) so that might get me to at least see patients? I make good but not that great money as an MLT and going back to school for EMT, CNA, or RN to work for less and spend more money on tuition would be my last option. Potentially, I would like to apply in a year. I want to know if it's worth to apply that soon by using phlebotomy as my patient contact hours and doing some shadowing or really just wait longer and do EMT, LPN, or CNA. Also, it's possible for me to work part-time, so doing volunteering or finding work as an MA could work too? But then again, I would be making less. I know that I have mentioned a lot but your advice and/or comments would be greatly appreciated :) -Paulina