I graduated from MSU with a Human Biology Major in Winter 2015.
It has been about 3 years since i have graduated. I studied the MCAT and took the test once and did not apply to any med school because of my MCAT score and GPA.
i have a GPA 3.0 and not sure about my science gpa about 2.7-2.9
I just got married this summer and have been rethinking about med school and wanted to go to PA school instead
It seems as competitive as med school but it is only 2 years of school.
I don't have ANY direct paid health care experience only volunteering and haven't taken the GRE yet
I am 25 years old and just need some help/guidance on the path.
so my questions are:
1.) Should i go to graduate school for 2 years and get good grades to make up for my low GPA
2.) Should i just get as much PCE as i can? and then apply ?
if so, which is better? CNA, MA, paramedic, EMT ?
3.) Lastly, should get certified to work as a CNA, MA, paramedic or EMT first, and then work while i go to grad school so i can get PCE and boost my GPA?
i don't know where to start because I'm trying to find the most affordable and less time consuming way to be competitive to get into PA school 😞
I currently work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in the hematology department at a 900+ bed hospital. I don’t interact directly with patients but I do tons of work for patients while utilizing clinical knowledge. I feel this is a great pre-PA job but I understand admission committees might not think the same way.
My question is should I quit my job and work as an EMT or MA? It would be hard to walk away from a 60k salary but I’m willing to make the sacrifice if necessary.
Right now I am working as a scribe but I can't afford to live in Dallas on scribe wages so I am getting ready to move home.
I'm having a hard time finding a scribe job in my hometown....
I am trained as a MLT (Lab person) and this includes phlebotomy, which pays better than scribe but less contact with Drs and staff.
I ran into a Dr. that I used to shadow who told me that her office needs an MA. Same thing, makes more than a scribe but it seems like they don't get the same type of experience out of the patient encounters as the scribes do....
Lastly, I was offered a job as a Clinical Allergy Specialist, which means that I would be performing allergy tests (skin tests) directly on the patients, interpreting the results and explaining them to the patients, and also lots of office work including dealing with insurance companies. This seems like the most well-rounded experience, but I'm afraid the schools won't know what it is, which means that I would have to rely on the right essay questions being asked where I could include information about that job.
I don't want to waste a year doing something that's not gonna help me get in. Any thoughts?
After shadowing a PA at a fast-paced specialty office, I was offered an MA job working for that PA. I recently finished a local community college CNA program, and that is the highest medical license I currently hold.
Will this job be an asset to my HCE for PA school or a grey area of liability..? It seems like the best scenario- working for a PA, skipping the extra schooling for CMA and jumping straight into on the job training as a non-certified MA. From my understanding, MA's are not required to be certified to work in my state.
Here's my concern. During my CNA training, we were continuously reminded to not step over the boundary of our license by "performing nursing without a license". Is this applicable to in-house trained non-certified MA's? If I get a PA school interview, will they ask me about this? The job would routinely require me to execute tasks such as electrodessication, suture removal, medication injections, etc.
Perhaps I'm worried about nothing and have a gem of an opportunity, but I'd rather thoroughly vet this in terms of legalities before investing a year of working fulltime at this job.
So for bit of time, I worked (for free) at a pediatrician's office primarily doing triage.
Basically performing and recording data for height, weight, blood pressure, and temperature then leading the patients to their respective rooms.
My question is do I list this position as "volunteer medical assistant" or something else?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor "Medical assistants often take medical histories and record vital signs of patients" so that seems fine there. But the Bureau also says "Most medical assistants have postsecondary education such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training."
While I did learn on the job, I don't won't to seem dishonest in saying that I was an MA of any sort because I have no official schooling or certification.