shae_house Posted April 5, 2013 Share Posted April 5, 2013 Hi everyone, I'm in a bit of a unique situation and am looking for some advice on what to do in order to get my HCE. I'm currently 18 and am at the end of my Junior year of my B.S. in Biomedical Science and have about a 3.85 GPA overall with my science being about a 3.8. Since I will be 19 when I graduate with my B.S. I feel that I need to have an incredible resume in order to have schools take me seriously. I'm currently trying to decide what to do after I graduate in order to get my HCE. I'm done a lot of shadowing and volunteering in hospitals and clinics. My top two programs (OHSU & Pacific) both require paid experience though. I figured that I would just do a CNA program (takes 6 weeks and $500 where I live) and then hopefully land a job at one of the local hospitals or clinics (anything but a nursing home/hospice). I've recently been thinking that I would like to get my MPH online while working as a CNA so that I can continue my education (AKA: if I never get into PA school I'm not stuck being a CNA) and so that schools will know that I can handle a graduate program although I am so young. I'm just wondering if that would be a good use of my time/money though. I think that it would be really cool and provide a unique perspective for a PA to also have a Public Health background and it would allow me to do more research, specifically in primary care which is what I want to work in. I'm also hoping to one day work at a university and teach future PA's so I think that would make me a more valuable instructor in that aspect. Anyways, I'm just looking for some opinions. I know many of you will say that I should go to med school since I'm so young, but that just is not for me. I WANT to be a PA. Also, I don't really want to do a program longer than a few months in order to get certified to do my HCE. Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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