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Hey all,

I’m currently working as full time as a Med Tech and in the future, want to try apply to PA school. My question is, which would be more beneficial to go about doing first, seeking patient care experience or retaking classes?

I have to do both but I have about 8-9 classes I want to retake and have not started accumulating PCE.

Would one goal make sense to accomplish before the other? I just started as a full time Med Tech as I mentioned above, so maybe in a few months/up to a year I go part time and look for PCE work? Or would it be better to start retaking some pre-req classes first?

Any advice from PA students/PA’s would be greatly appreciated. My cGPA is a 3.22 so I know it’s on the low end of a prospective PA school application. 

Thanks for reading.

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I think COVID-19 complicates this further, because lots of schools are online only and I am not sure how good online classes are for you. Additionally, I would say that some heavy science and math courses are extremely hard to do online. Anatomy is one that comes to mind. It really helped me to be there in person to observe 3D models. So I would question what classes you would like to retake and if any campuses nearby are offering classes that work for your learning needs.

If you are able to find classes that work for you, then personally, I would recommend doing one at a time. Take a full courseload and then save your PCE for later. I say this because you can always gain more PCE, but it is challenging to pull up a bad grade in the middle of a semester. I was a full time student and then worked full time as a CNA once I finished my prereqs. Maybe some people can manage both, but you need to be careful with that risk because you would likely feel pretty bad if you retook classes only to do poorly in them cause you had too many hours at work.

Also, saving your PCE for later may be a safer option if you live with vulernable people or if you yourself are suspectible to COVID

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