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  1. I'm currently a student majoring in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) and expecting a BS and graduating from an honors program in spring 2015. I'm planning on taking my ARDMS specialty exams in Echocardiography, Abdomen, and OB/GYN. I'm contemplating about transitioning from a BS in DMS to MS-PA and was wondering whether it would be a good idea and how I would go about my route. I'm not sure whether my courses for DMS (or if any courses from Allied Health program) would be considered towards my science GPA. The courses include multiple leveled courses in Abdominal Cross Section Sonography, Abdominal Sonography (1, 2, & 3) , Echocardiography (1, 2, & 3), OB/GYN(1, 2, & 3), Non-Invasive Vascular, Superficial Structures and Neurosonography, Sonographic Physics (1 & 2) along with 1,200+ hours during clinical rotation at non-invasive cardiology, pediatric echocardiography, OB/GYN/MFM, and general abdominal ultrasound clinical sites in the metropolitan area. I have not finished all my courses yet so my GPA could be lower or higher when I graduate, but I would like a opinion on the general overview. My science GPA (assuming they don't account for my DMS courses) is a meek 3.184 from Bio 1&2, Chem 1&2, A&P 1&2, and an Introductory to Physics course. I've taken organic chemistry, but withdrew from the class due to personal reasons. I plan to take microbiology since most PA schools require it. My non-science GPA (assuming they don't account for my DMS courses with my honors liberal courses Philosophy, Literature, History, Social Science, Psychology, Speech, math courses (Precalculus, and Calculus), and a statistics class) is a 3.37 Assuming the DMS courses count in my science GPA and not my non-science GPA, my science GPA would be 3.29. Assuming the DMS courses count in my non-science GPA, my non-science GPA would be 3.37. My overall GPA currently is a 3.35. I've done 1,200+ hours during my clinical rotations at hospitals and 800+ hours as a pharmacy technician at a retail pharmacy. I'm familiar with reading and performing echocardiograms, general abdomen and OB/GYN ultrasounds and reading CT scans, X-rays, and mammograms. I'm also familiar with drug names and purpose of them. I know that I have to receive my Bachelors prior to applying to the CASPA, but I would like to know any helpful advice prior to applying (I don't plan to apply soon, but it would be helpful to be completely prepared to submit my application) and opinion about whether it would be a good idea to transition from DMS to PA. Thanks a bunch!
  2. Hi everyone, I am currently looking into HCE. I have it narrowed down to 2 programs; Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography (DCVS) with a specialty in either Echocardiography (Adult or Peds) or Vascular Sonography, OR Respiratory Tech and both are accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs). The duration is the same; 2 years and both start at the same time; January 2015. They obviously both will give me the "DIRECT HANDS ON" health care experience I need for PA school and secondly, it will be a good 'Plan B' and I can make a decent living while accumulating the hours. I have made up my mind to apply to both programs and see what bites. But, surprisingly, DCVS has a prerequisite that I have never taken before or heard of; Conceptual Physics. The class starts next week and I have decided to take it. So, I was doing some research about this particular class and I saw someone described Conceptual Physics as, " ... The mathematics is typically pretty light, involve mainly the basics: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. A few square roots might be thrown in, but nothing hard. The emphasis is on "thinking-about-it" physics, where a student's intuition about physical phenomena is developed in contrast to a heavy emphasis on algebra and computation, which is typical of ordinary physics classes." Another person reported and said, "Conceptual Physics has the derogatory name "Physics for Poets."" LOL I wonder how CASPA would define this class? LOL Anyways, I was just wondering if anyone has taken Conceptual Physics before and/or if anyone can shed some light on this for me? TIA
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