P.A SCHOOL DOES IT MATTER WHICH ONE YOU ATTEND?

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John in Saint Paul, Minnesota

55 months ago

I am now considering PA after completing my degree program in Health Care Administration. I have worked in health care field in different positions such as Health Information Cleck, Health Information Techninican, Coding Specialist and now surgical clinical reviewer. Works with physicians, nurses and PAs on day to day.

Do I need to quit my full time job in order to do PA studies. That would be a challenge knowing I have to eat, and feed my family.

Other than that, I am ready.........

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liyaphilip in long island, New York

55 months ago

Hi, i got out of high school a year ago and been working on my pre-req's ever since and i intend on becoming a PA. but am buried with tons of questions and concerns. i want to know what is the best way to become a PA? should i take a pre-PA program or get my bachelors in health science/biology? if yes what will be the best college for me to start? and how long does each sections last? i know these sounds silly but i need a start soon. please give me some info.

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Danny89 in Hollywood, Florida

55 months ago

Laurenie in Miami, Florida said: I am an Athletic training student at FIU I graduate from the program in spring 2010 with a masters. My intentions after graduation are to continue my education in a physician assistant program. I heard from someone that specializing in orthopedics with my backgrround in athletic training will bring in more money. Is this true? What kind of jobs are their for a PA in athletic? and their salary range.
Thank you!

Where you able to find out any jobs for p.a in orthopedics? I am currently going to school to become a p.a and want to specialize in orthopedics. In addition, what is their salaries?

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sara1234 in Maine

55 months ago

liya philip in long island, New York said: Hi, i got out of high school a year ago and been working on my pre-req's ever since and i intend on becoming a PA. but am buried with tons of questions and concerns. i want to know what is the best way to become a PA? should i take a pre-PA program or get my bachelors in health science/biology? if yes what will be the best college for me to start? and how long does each sections last? i know these sounds silly but i need a start soon. please give me some info.

I am inPA school. I'll tell you what I did. I MADE SURE my GPA was high. At one point I even quit University to go to community college... Try your BEST not to mess up those precious grades!!! It doesn't matter (AT ALL) what your major is so don't kill yourself to get a Bio degree if you feel like you are dying:) GRADE (from anywhere) S are what matter.
Good Luck, CHamp!

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JSchmidt in Washington, District of Columbia

52 months ago

Do you really 'need' to do the Masters PA program. From the research I've done I see you can practice without it, and you get hired without it. I am thinking of finishing my Undergraduate in PA, get some experience and then go on to a masters program. Is that a good alternative route? What kind of masters would be required?

Thank you.

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dg in Miami, Florida

52 months ago

DO IT,
it will cost you half as much as the master program.
Once you pass the pance and are a PA-C there are a few
online bridge programs you can do for under 10k.

I am currently in the PA program at Miami Dade and it is one of the best "bangs for you buck". I have a B.A from the New school for social Research / Parsons school of Design and have also studied at Umass.
Do not underestimate a BA or AA in PA. There are very few programs around. If you can do it, you will NOT REGRET!!!! and yes after you get it.... go for your masters....
the cost of my PA education will come out to 25k for the AA and 10K for the masters. A total of 35k as compared to a masters at Nova or Barry for 80k.

you do the math and tell me

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dg in Miami, Florida

52 months ago

JSchmidt in Washington, District of Columbia said: Do you really 'need' to do the Masters PA program. From the research I've done I see you can practice without it, and you get hired without it. I am thinking of finishing my Undergraduate in PA, get some experience and then go on to a masters program. Is that a good alternative route? What kind of masters would be required?

Thank you.

By the way you can have a masters in ANYTHING... as long as you are a PA-C

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lcyc11 in Binghamton, New York

50 months ago

Does anyone know of a 1 year long Physician Assistant program?

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Danny89 in Hollywood, Florida

50 months ago

dg in Miami, Florida said: DO IT,
it will cost you half as much as the master program.
Once you pass the pance and are a PA-C there are a few
online bridge programs you can do for under 10k.

I am currently in the PA program at Miami Dade and it is one of the best "bangs for you buck". I have a B.A from the New school for social Research / Parsons school of Design and have also studied at Umass.
Do not underestimate a BA or AA in PA. There are very few programs around. If you can do it, you will NOT REGRET!!!! and yes after you get it.... go for your masters....
the cost of my PA education will come out to 25k for the AA and 10K for the masters. A total of 35k as compared to a masters at Nova or Barry for 80k.

you do the math and tell me

HOW IS THE MDC PA PROGRAM? I AM PLANNING ON APPLYING THERE MYSELF. AFTER GETTING YOUR AA IN MDC YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND CONTINUE THERE FOR YOUR MASTERS OR YOU HAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE?I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE SOME FEED BACK. EMAIL ME AT danny012409@yahoo.com

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BetterHealthcare in Atlanta, Georgia

50 months ago

Danny89 in Hollywood, Florida said: HOW IS THE MDC PA PROGRAM? I AM PLANNING ON APPLYING THERE MYSELF. AFTER GETTING YOUR AA IN MDC YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND CONTINUE THERE FOR YOUR MASTERS OR YOU HAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE?I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE SOME FEED BACK. EMAIL ME AT danny012409@yahoo.com

Danny89,

Although the PA-program at MDC is an accredited program, I would not short change my opportunities by pursuing an associates in physician assistant studies. Not all practices will hire a PA-C w/just a AASPA. The field is starting to grow, and the mass majority of current PA graduates hold master degrees as their entry-level into the profession. In a growing population of graduates, many are earning dual-degrees (e.g. MPH along w/their MMSc/MPAS).

Dg in Miami is correct, there is a significant difference in cost but as a new graduate facing the challenge of procuring a job as a PA, a AA puts you far behind, not necessarily in your knowledge but in the perception of hiring managers and physicians.

With all that said there are many successful PAs working with AAs but they are a minority in our profession, and many of them entered the profession a few years back. I'm not trying to discourage your choice in how you enter the profession, but point out to you that you may want to think about the value of your career long-term v. piecemeal. And this is just my interpretation of what a new graduate w/a AA is likely to face entering the profession.

Good luck in your decision and endeavors.

M
DHSc, PA-C
Internal Medicine

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BetterHealthcare in Atlanta, Georgia

50 months ago

lcyc11 in Binghamton, New York said: Does anyone know of a 1 year long Physician Assistant program?

1cyc11,

Based on your question it appears you may not have done your research or very little. There are no one (1) year PA-programs in the U.S.

If you review the ARC-PA(www.arc-pa.org/)website it should breakdown and answer every question you have about the institutions with approved PA-programs. And once you find a program you are interested in/would like to pursue your studies through, it is highly advise that you contact that institution regarding their program for further informaiton.

If you think about all the things that have to be covered before unleashing you on the public a year of study is unfeasible to give you a good foundation in which to build your medical practice upon. There is a year of extremely intense didactic followed by a year of clinicals you must undergo and even then as a new graduate we're behind the learning curve that only gets better as you gain experience.

Remember a PA is an extension of a physician, you will diagnosis, treat, order test/interpret them, prescribe medication, make referals, etc for people that entrust you to easy/stop their pain and/or reassure them that they can be treated once you identify the problem.

I hope this helps you and I wish you the best in your search and future endeavors.

M
DHSc, PA-C
Internal Medicine

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financetoPA in Alexandria, Virginia

49 months ago

Hi Mike,

I've been reading through your posts and really interested in the work you're doing. I come from a finance background, switched careers and applying to PA school now. I work as a scribe at an ER, and have always found interest in pediatrics, but wanted to meet and talk with someone who does it everyday, particularly a PA. Are there any volunteer opportunities in your department or a possibility for me to shadow you by any chance? Thanks!

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kizzyaspiringcls in Brooklyn, New York

46 months ago

asisat in Queens Village, New York said: Hi, I was am also interested in applying to york's PA program for the fall 2009. I wanted to know about the program overall. Are the faculty members helpful? Is there help in the program overall? Are they quick to kick ppl out of the program? I was about to start the PA program in Touro but I heard so many negative things about it, like how there isn't any tutoring and students feel like they are on their own. I'm hoping York is a good choice b/c I live close by and it would be so convient for me

Hey, did you apply to the CUNY York PA program? How reputable is it? I know it is accredited, but do hospitals or employers look at it like jack didly squat diddly?

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Chris in Bronx, New York

46 months ago

Hi!

I am doing some research for someone who wants to study to be a P.A. First of all, he's got BA in Science and Computer science. He finished school 15 years ago, and just moved on from his career in finance to pursue this goal of PA that he has been interested in for a long time. He is considering schools in New York vs the schools in central Florida. The thought is that the cost of living is better in Florida, as well as the lack of distractions. Since he will only be working part time, he is thinking New York might be too expensive to study to be a P.A. and live comfortably. He is intent on working at least part time, although most programs recommend not to.

I am also curious about how important it is to retake prerequisites and courses that he has already taken in the past when he originally got his degree at a SUNY college and the sort of medical/health care background he will need to be accepted into a program.

Advice, questions, comments, please?

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dennisrey in Bronx, New York

46 months ago

Hi!

I am doing some research for someone who wants to study to be a P.A. First of all, he's got BA in Science and Computer science. He finished school 15 years ago, and just moved on from his career in finance to pursue this goal of PA that he has been interested in for a long time. He is considering schools in New York vs the schools in central Florida. The thought is that the cost of living is better in Florida, as well as the lack of distractions. Since he will only be working part time, he is thinking New York might be too expensive to study to be a P.A. and live comfortably. He is intent on working at least part time, although most programs recommend not to.

I am also curious about how important it is to retake prerequisites and courses that he has already taken in the past when he originally got his degree at a SUNY college and the sort of medical/health care background he will need to be accepted into a program.

Advice, questions, comments, please?

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BetterHealthcare in Atlanta, Georgia

46 months ago

Dennis Rey in Bronx, New York said: Hi!

Dear Dennis Rey in the Bronx,

I'm not sure of what you're trying to say regarding your friend's "BA in Science". I would suggest that your friend make a list of institutions he/she wish to attend and contact them directly and present his/her questions to them. They will give them a bottom line assessment of requirements to gain admission into their program.

With regards to working while dredging through a PA program, I believe your friend is setting him/her self up for likely failure. As you stated in your post most programs deter students from working while in their program and it is for a very good reason.

Your friend could be an exception, but to my knowledge I have not met or heard of anyone that has worked and been successful while participating in a 24 to 36 month PA program depending on the institution.

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dennisrey in Bronx, New York

46 months ago

Meant Bachelors in science and computer science from a SUNY. Thanks for the feedback, anything constructive helps.

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BetterHealthcare in Atlanta, Georgia

46 months ago

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Dennis Rey in the Bronx,

Depending on when your friend graduated he or she will be required to retake many if not all of the required prerequisites ... if they earned their degree 5 yrs or more ago, then it is very likely they will have to revisit many of those courses.

Also, most programs required 500 to 1000 hrs of direct patient care minimum before applying. Therefore, if your friend is short in that requirement, I would suggest killing to two birds w/one stone.

Some community colleges offer AAS in paramedic studies, if you're are able to find such a program it will give you many of your prerequisites and prepare you to work as a paramedic/EMT which will also start you on your path of getting the required direct patient care hours you will need to meet admission minimum.

Remember most PA programs are EXTREMELY competitive ... getting accepted is not a "walk in the park" in addition to the didactic and clinical phases you will have to endure before, you're even able to sit for a state license.

I hope this helps you?

M
DMSc, PA-C
Internal Medicine

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BetterHealthcare in Atlanta, Georgia

46 months ago

Dennis Rey in Bronx, New York said: Meant Bachelors in science and computer science from a SUNY. Thanks for the feedback, anything constructive helps.

Rather BA or BS ... the fact that its been 15 yrs since he or she has been in an academic setting under sever pressure, I would recommend they take a course or two to get back into rhythm.

Here's a link of accredited PA programs in the country by state: www.arc-pa.org/acc_programs/

If it is not listed here then it is not approved or may still be working on accreditation. Currently there are 9 institutions that offer PA programs in Florida, and I believe Miami-Dade College is the only program that awards an associate degree. All of the others offer PA programs which work toward the master level, which is the dominant entry-level degree for physician assistants (PA).

A large number of PAs hold additional (masters) degrees in public health, public health administration, or healthcare management just to name a few. In addition to the aforementioned several PA move on to earning doctorates as a furthering of their education, career opportunities, or just to gain respect among physicians.

The PA profession is a very dynamic and growing trade craft. To practice medicine is an honor and humbling experience, but not everyone is can do it. If your friend is serious, and believes he or she can endure the challenges, a little bit more research will go a long way to help them find the right PA program for them.

I wish you & your friend well and good luck in helping your friend realize his or her calling.

M
DMSc, PA-C
Internal Medicine

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DreamingPA in New York, New York

26 months ago

yorkpa in Flushing, New York said: This is what I mean by overwhelming, our classes were held 5 days a wk 9-5 and sometimes we had to come on weekends, I could not hold a job, I felt like i had not enough time to study, basically my first year it was all short term memory. on average we had about 2-3 exams a wk. But you do not need to be a genius, the staff really does try to help you out during the program to pass. When you graduate any job that hires you will train you. You do not function as a nurse, you are train to function as a doctor( you treat, medicate and council, you just have to make sure your supervising doc agrees with you) . when you rotate in the hospitals you will notice that the medical students know as much as you do about medicine, it is just that they do residency and you don't. For your board's you use USMLE books.

It was so helpful reading what your experience was like Yorkpa (I live in NY & you've pointed me into the direction of York (: ) because I want to be a PA but was scared about being able to keep up. My question is what advice do you have for studying? Also were you a nurse or another healthcare professional before becoming a PA because everyone keeps telling me I need to be a RN or another medical profession before becoming a PA and I'm just 19 but its what I want to do.

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nan in Brooklyn, New York

20 months ago

Hi Janet. Did you end up taking the courses at Hunter? I'm getting ready to register today, and they and the schools I'm applying to are unwilling to help. I'm taking PA pre-requisites and hoping you can share whatever list you compiled when you went through this years ago. Many thanks!

Janet in Commack, New York said: Michael and others:

As you guys have mentioned previously, it seems like i do not need BS degree to apply to MS program. However, stony brook and bunch schools seem to require BS degree and i am confused which is truth.

So i would like to ask more..

1. I am planning to go to CUNY Hunter College for pre-requisites.
What are those pre-requisites? Will i be able to ask College counselors what i need to take in order to fulfill the pre-requisites for PA program?
OR do i need to find it by myself?

2. How long usually does it take to complete pre-requisites if i will be taking courses during summer?

3. AS Michael mentioned above, do i need to declare intended major for 4 year degree at Hunter and apply for BS PA program or straight to MS?

4. When people mean by PA program, does that mean after pre-requisites? Like BS, MS? So after PA program, i will be able to PANCE?

5. What is CASPA? IS CASPA important in terms of BS program or MS program?

6. Most important question is that do i need to obtain BS degree in order to apply to MS in NY, or any other states? Because it seems like most of the schools care about obtaining BS degree, prior to applying to MS.

Thanks a lot guys!

Janet

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lisaslin in Bensalem, Pennsylvania

18 months ago

DreamingPA in New York, New York said: It was so helpful reading what your experience was like Yorkpa (I live in NY & you've pointed me into the direction of York (: ) because I want to be a PA but was scared about being able to keep up. My question is what advice do you have for studying? Also were you a nurse or another healthcare professional before becoming a PA because everyone keeps telling me I need to be a RN or another medical profession before becoming a PA and I'm just 19 but its what I want to do.

Dreaming - I hope you have found your answers by now, but am responding just in case and for others.
You do NOT need to be anything in healthcare before becoming a PA. And you do not start out as a nurse. But, almost all schools require direct patient contact hours. I got mine as a paid nursing aide. Others do EMT, PT assistant, whatever speaks to you.
Research the schools first. You do need the master's program to get a job in the very near future, so just go for it. Learn the requirements for each school. Competitive applicants have at least a BA with a 3.5+ GPA and take the GRE. If your GPA is low, take more classes, in anything, to bring it up.
When you get accepted, look your loved ones in the eye, give them a hug and say goodbye for the next two years. Because you will be studying. Non-stop for at least the first year. I hear it lightens up a little in the 2nd., but I'm not counting on it yet.
If you get in and commit yourself to that plan, you will finish.
--Everyone has to be somewhere, why not be where you want to be?

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michael-surgerypa in Warren, Michigan

18 months ago

Contrary to what many of these comments have been, let me give you a couple pieces of advice. First, though many of the newer PA programs are looking for the same 22 y/o BIO-CHEM undergrad student that might apply to medical school, many of the older, traditional PA programs are looking for that military medic, EMS worker, nurse, respiratory therapist, x-ray tech, etc. who is building on that previous knowledge to become a PA. This is where we came from, and what we continue to do. Second, anyone who advises you to enter anything other than a Masters level program is doing you a disservice. Programs are moving toward this -or going away. In most facilities, you cannot move up without a Masters. Where I am employed we had a great Vice-Chief of surgical PAs. She not only could not move up when the Chief's position became available (several times), but was eventually forced out of her role. The primary reason was that she has an Associate's degree. It had nothing to do with her clinical or management skills, just the letters after her name. The other reason is our competition against Nurse Practitioners. Though, like us, their programs did not start as Masters level programs, they all are now. They push their "higher level of education" as a reason to hire them rather than a PA -even though this statement is not true. Do yourself a favor and get as much clinical experience as you can, in whatever role you can, and then enter a Masters level program. Realize too that some programs (Duquesne University and the University of Detroit Mercy come to mind) offer 5-year programs, where you can enter straight from high school and, after 5 years, you graduate with a Master of Science degree as a PA. They usually train you as an EMT or nursing assistant during summer break for clinical experience early in the program. Then you use this training. It helps you to decide if PA is for you, as well as giving you patient contact experience.

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kdk27 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

17 months ago

Hi, I am a Senior at Boston College graduating with a B.A. in Biology. I was accepted to Mercy College (27 months and ~$85,000) as well as York College (24 months, and ~$5-15,000). Mercy is a Masters program and at York I would receive my 2nd B.S. as a PA. I was wondering if current Pas could give me advice.

1) I was wondering which program would be best to do? Will having a B.S. instead of Masters affect me getting a job or my salary?

2) Also, if I do an online bridge program to get a Masters after getting my B.S. at York is that seen as not as competitive?

3) Do some jobs not approve of the online masters bridge programs?

I am torn because York is shorter and much less expensive. Thank you for your help!

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michael-surgerypa in Warren, Michigan

17 months ago

O.K., let me get this straight... You want the shortest, cheapest program. "What is the least that I have to do to become a PA?" I sense that you have chosen the wrong profession. If you are interested in caring for patients, I would suggest reviewing such things as completion rate in the program, pass rate on the boards, employment statistics.... These days programs are moving toward a Masters degree as the standard. Please read my previous post, unless you have moved on.

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mys in Desoto, Texas

17 months ago

Greetings.

Thank you to all of those taking out the time to share your wisdom here at the forum!

I am 39. I am beginning my research into changing careers to become a PA. My BA is from Harvard, was earned in 1999, and contains none of the needed PA school prerequisites. I have a SUPER non-competitive GPA (just below a 3).

I plan to shadow some PAs and volunteer in hospitals as beginning steps toward ascertaining whether the healthcare field is for me.

I have two questions at the moment:
1) If I were to take my prerequisite courses at a community college and get largely A's, would that be enough to address my non-competitive GPA?

2) I currently work from 11 AM to 8:30 PM (including the commute). I earn about $30K. I was planning on taking my prereq classes in the morning. After reading through many posts on this forum, I realize that if I were to volunteer every weekend in a hospital setting, I would likely only rack up around 400 hours of patient contact over 2 years. Would you advise that instead of earning my prereqs in the mornings, that instead I try to earn some kind of healthcare-related associates degree FIRST? Note: Once a PA, I am at-the-moment considering an ob/gyn specialty or dermatology. So, I could try to earn an AA in sonography, radiology, or EMS. Any thoughts?

Here's what I am WISHING I could do: Keep my current job. Volunteer at the local hospital. Take prereqs in the morning at the community college. Apply to PA school whenever prereqs are done and once sufficient patient contact is acquired--regardless of whether that takes 2 years, 3 years, or 4 years.

Thank you so much for any wisdom you might be able to pass along!

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lisaslin in Bensalem, Pennsylvania

17 months ago

mys,

You have a plan with which you are happy, so go with that. There are some schools that require little to no patient care contact. Just looked at Nova, in FL, and there are none listed. Salus, in PA, only wanted 200 or 400 when I first started checking. Plan to take the GRE if you haven't already.

It sounds, however, as though you feel getting an AA by itself is a substitute for patient hours. I haven't heard that, though some hours would be included in the process. Volunteer hours are not fully counted by all schools either, so be aware of that.

My suggestion would be to look at the CASPA list to narrow down the schools that seem reasonable and interesting to you then concentrate prereqs based on their needs. Also search non-CASPA schools as they may serve different groups of students.

My concern is that you will have difficulty squeezing in classes in a limited 8-11 am time slot. Some can be done online and most can be done at a community college. But there are some "ivy league" PA schools that may not consider such coursework highly. Know your target audience.

That being said, why do you want to be a PA? Do you really know enough about the field and work setting to make this, not inexpensive, decision? Maybe you would consider doing a crash course of two 8 hr shifts in the ER every weekend for a month to learn more about not just PAs but the present healthcare system and the MAs, EMTs, CNAs, nurses, docs, and other techs with whom you would be interacting regularly. If you find your passion there, then consider moving ahead and calculate for the lost work time, as you will be un- or considerably under-employed while attending school full-time. There is no wiggle room there, especially with a non-bio background.

Hope it helps.

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mys in Desoto, Texas

17 months ago

lisaslin, thank you for your reply.

Yes, I'll take the GRE (thanks, that's on my list).

No, it's not that I thought the AA would substitute for patient hours or provide it. I did see some advice on this thread that getting the AA would allow you to obtain many prerequisites AND provide for a few patient contact hours, so that might be a good deal. Then after obtaining the AA, of course one could work a job in the healthcare field for a year or two and enhance one's application to PA school. I'm just so concerned about my GPA and feel that I really need to enhance my application in other areas as much as possible on top of getting A's in the prereq classes to bump up my GPA.

Why am I looking into possibly becoming a PA? My BA degree is in psychology. One of my first jobs out of college was working as a mental health tech. I conducted classes and transported patients to and fro. I loved patient care but found the mental health field to be depressing. The hospital closed down, and off I went into another field.

I let family members talk me OUT of pursuing medicine and into going into the "family business." I have never been happy in my career. Every time I've been in a hospital, I've wished I were providing care.

I realize that all of that is not enough to know whether I want to be a PA or not (thus my plan to do some volunteering first).

Right now, I'm just trying to be ABLE to imagine giving myself permission to see a path to becoming a PA and to doing this. For so long I've been telling myself, "Just keep doing what people say you are good at." But I've been miserable. Just the thought of enjoying my work some day is enough for me to ask questions here.

As of last week I never would have allowed myself the "right" to keep trying to find a career that I enjoy. I'm just now wrapping my mind around the idea of it, and I feel like the weight of the world is lifting from my shoulders. Whether it's becoming a PA or something else, I'm feeling hopeful!

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lisaslin in Bensalem, Pennsylvania

17 months ago

mys,
So you already have patient care hours. :)

Yes, you have some good ideas there. But as you've noted, adding courses will change your GPA, too. So it is really up to you which route you take. Remember, the accepted GPA "average" is 3.5-3.6 in most schools, not every applicant has that number.

Don't hesitate to call schools directly and ask for both an evaluation of your portfolio and advice on how to proceed. Some may also want updated coursework.
It sounds like your application essay has written itself as well.

You are in the best position to help others when you are following your intended course. Good luck!

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mys in Desoto, Texas

17 months ago

Thanks so much, lisaslin.

I also have a 3.7 GPA on my grad school courses. I'm "ABT" (all but the thesis) for a MA in Education.

My GRE scores have expired but were good, so I feel I should be able to have my GRE scores as a plus.

I wonder if they will factor master's level courses into my GPA, or will they only count undergraduate-level courses?

lisaslin in Bensalem, Pennsylvania said: mys,
So you already have patient care hours. :)

Yes, you have some good ideas there. But as you've noted, adding courses will change your GPA, too. So it is really up to you which route you take. Remember, the accepted GPA "average" is 3.5-3.6 in most schools, not every applicant has that number.

Don't hesitate to call schools directly and ask for both an evaluation of your portfolio and advice on how to proceed. Some may also want updated coursework.
It sounds like your application essay has written itself as well.

You are in the best position to help others when you are following your intended course. Good luck!

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lisaslin in Bensalem, Pennsylvania

17 months ago

That would be an admissions question. My gut says it all counts, but can't always trust that!

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mys in Desoto, Texas

17 months ago

Does anyone here have any opinion or experience with the PA schools in Dallas or Fort Worth?

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YouJustNeedToGetIn in Cincinnati, Ohio

16 months ago

mys in Desoto, Texas said: Thanks so much, lisaslin.

I also have a 3.7 GPA on my grad school courses. I'm "ABT" (all but the thesis) for a MA in Education .

My GRE scores have expired but were good, so I feel I should be able to have my GRE scores as a plus.

I wonder if they will factor master's level courses into my GPA, or will they only count undergraduate-level courses?

The master's courses will be a plus but if your grades say that you can't do well in hard sciences classes then that will be the most important and will rule you out of the running no matter how well you do on other master's courses. PA school is study till you break and then study more - you need to prove that you can learn biology and hard science and also that you can succeed in these courses! Good luck!

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jkimm in Tenafly, New Jersey

9 months ago

financetoPA in Alexandria, Virginia said: Hi Mike,

I've been reading through your posts and really interested in the work you're doing. I come from a finance background, switched careers and applying to PA school now. I work as a scribe at an ER, and have always found interest in pediatrics, but wanted to meet and talk with someone who does it everyday, particularly a PA. Are there any volunteer opportunities in your department or a possibility for me to shadow you by any chance? Thanks!

Hi. I'm currently in finance as well and I am thinking of applying for PA programs as well. How has your search been? It would be really great to connect with someone in a similar situation as me. Any advice would be great. Thanks!

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