Personally, I'm gaining my patient-care hours from working as a Physical Therapist Assistant, but other great options are: EMT, CNA/CMA, RA, ER tech, Scribe, etc. I've also considered being a scribe, ER tech, pharm tech, and EMT.
I made a short video discussing my picks for the "Top 5 PCE jobs for Pre-PAs / PA school.
Let me know if I missed any. What are you guys doing to gain PCE hours? Any ideas/suggestions/feedback would be greatly appreciated!
No idea what these schools want. Rejected from Every school I applied to this year.. seriously wondering if PA is just not worth the time.
Here’s my stats since that’s all that these programs seem to care about
Science GPA 3.65 ( higher than the average matriculant GPA of all schools I applied to )
Degree: does it matter? BS in biochemistry
PCE: around 2,500hrs (EMT)
Lead author on 4 publications in plant metabolism, does this matter?
owned my own business prior to starting college, again does this matter?
Two options 1. Keep working as instructor for EMTs (pay is good but its not that end all be all “healthcare experience” they seem to worship
2. Get a masters degree in medical science (basically demonstrating that I can handle the curriculum because my alleged GPA, research papers, and “real” science degree (looking at you psych and ESS majors) Isn’t enough.
Here are my stats
Gpas when I graduated with a degree in Biology
Cgpa-2.93 sgpa 2.73
Took 45 credit hours post-bacc on my own
Those gpas were cgpa-3.93 and sgpa 4.0
It changed my original gpas to a cgpa of 3.13 and sgpa of 3.12
PCE hours as a CNA ~1900 by the time I apply
HCE hours as a Pathology Tech 1200
Volunteer ~200 which includes a medical mission trip to Panama for a week, starting a HOSA club at my community college, did many leadership activities, and habitat for humanity projects
Shadowing~100 half in person other was virtual
LOR’s- 2 PA’s, 1 MD, 1 from current boss
Only thing I need to take is GRE
I know my gpas are low and it was from my sophomore and junior year struggling with personal situations and also recently learning I have ADHD which caused me to change completely how I study. I am 22 btw if that helps with anything.
Hello! I’m currently a senior biology major working as a medical scribe for a bit over 1 year now. I have accumulated about 1100 hours so far and have a cGPA of 3.63 and a science GPA of 3.36. I also have volunteered at a food bank with about 100 hours during the weekends. As a scribe I chart many aspects of the patient visit including vitals, HPI, physical exam and future plans. I also occasionally assist the provider with small tasks such as cerumen flushing in internal medicine or taking an US in a rheumatology setting. I have been researching PA programs to apply to and focusing on those that list scribing as PCE. I am worried that this experience alone may not be enough as some schools don’t mention scribing as true PCE and I don’t feel I am able to gain another experience as I am currently studying for the GRE, working 3 times a week and will begin my next school semester soon. During my gap year after I apply I will have more time to find another part time job but this won’t be reflected on my application. Will I still have a chance at being accepted into a program next cycle and if not what else do you recommend I do prior to applying? Thanks for any help you can provide.
Hey guys, I'm sure there's a lot of non-traditional students out there. I'm currently working as a Physical Therapist Assistant in a rehab hospital and a Pre-PA student applying to the PA program next year. I made a video to talk about my experiences, why I chose PA, and what my aspirations are as a future PA. Let me know what you think, and I would love if some non-traditional students who are seeing this are willing to share their experiences as well!