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Hey Guys!

 

I was just curious since I have all of my healthcare experience as a physical therapy aide (somewhere around 2000 hours) how many of you that have been accepted have been accepted with the same HCE as me?

 

Im only asking because I know that pt aide experience counts well as direct patient care, but my head is getting jumbled by so many people telling me I should become a CNA, or an EMT, to get noticed by schools. I just don't see why I should stop working, thus losing hours of HCE as an aide to become one of the above, and it wouldn't really matter any way.

 

Any answers, and opinions would be awesome!

 

Thanks Everyone!

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Thanks guys!!!!!

 

Good to hear that what I've been doing CAN be put to good use! Im planning on applying for the 2013 cycle which is approaching soon, I'm getting excited and even more stressed about my background and credentials. My grades are not near competitive, but I'm hoping for the best, and applying to every school I can. Knowing that I have a good amount of usable HCE is definitely going to help me take some of this weight off my shoulders.

 

Thanks again everyone!!

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I had about 8000 hours of HCE as a PT aide. I had a few other minor additions to my profile from back in college but my time as an aide was what defined my HCE. I had no problem getting into school and am doing very well - now in my last quarter of didactic year.

 

Don't stop working. :) As you know, being a therapy aide exposes you many sides of healthcare and a diverse patient population. It sets you up nicely.

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Thanks a lot guys,

 

if you both don't mind me asking though, how did you add up so many hours?! I've been doing this position part time for about 3 or 4 years now and I've only racked up 2000 hours. I wish i was a few thousand more up! lol, I'm guessing obviously working full time while in undergrad?

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More time. :) I got the job in 2002. I worked holidays and one summer during college. I had other jobs while I was away at school (not all healthcare-related... made mochas for a while). I took five years between undergrad and PA school, during which I accumulated most of my hours.

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The more positive responses the better! I've spoken to certain schools and some don't consider it as heavily weighted direct care as others. Im always confused with this appellation process between what counts as this and what counts as that. Just knowing that the work experienced I've gained is the least bit useful is good enough I think. THANKS A BUNCH GUYS!!

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i had experience as a therapy tech (worked w/ PT, OT, ST) before PA school. i was also briefly a CNA. i think it is good experience! be prepared to make the argument in your app and to the ad-com why you think it is good experience, too!

 

I agree with this - you'll probably have to defend how your experience makes you a good candidate. There is nothing wrong with the experience and some have done fine with it, but in the end PAs are decision makers and knowing that you can do that is important prior to you starting PA school.

 

Andrew

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Thank you all so much for this valuable information. Last week, I interviewed for a Physical Therapy Aide job (still waiting to hear whether I got the job!) and was on the fence as to whether this job would provide valuable experience for PA school or if I should hunt for a job with more potential. I'm so glad to hear that others have been successful in PA school with PT Aide experience. Now I'm really hoping for a positive response from this interview!

 

Christina

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That's really not an especially good way to make a decision about a school... why not find some schools that interest you and simply call them and ask? Many, MANY, schools consider this perfectly reasonable pre-PA experience and I've seen oodles specifically list it as an example of HCE on their website. Listing them all out here is too much work. :p

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As a pre-health advisor, I get this question a lot. Many schools do NOT count PT aide for patient contact care hours! Each school varies, but if you are just starting your quest for these hours, you should do something else like the slam dunks of CNA, EMT, phlebotomy, etc..

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28 minutes ago, KRosler said:

As a pre-health advisor, I get this question a lot. Many schools do NOT count PT aide for patient contact care hours! Each school varies, but if you are just starting your quest for these hours, you should do something else like the slam dunks of CNA, EMT, phlebotomy, etc..

Gotta disagree. I think PTA is certainly better than phlebotomy and scribe experience. I know many PAs who started as PTAs. My current student was a PTA. 

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For real. And way to haul in here and resurrect an 8 year old thread on your first post. 

Look back at school-me, giving advice like a boss. 😄 But seriously it stands today. PT aide is great experience, especially if you work in a hospital setting where you get to see lots of patient variety and acuity. If all you're doing is outpatient sports medicine with healthy 20 year olds it's a different kind of experience.

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