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What jobs can I do with a B.S. in Pre-Med before I apply for a Physician's Assistant Master's degree?

Alright. Here's my story: I want to be a PA. I'm a sophomore at Clemson University (No haters please, haha) with a 3.74 GPA in Pre-Med. I've done countless volunteer work. I've done all the research with prereqs and applied them to my academic plan and then some (I'm taking more organic and biochem and health classes than needed). I'm just missing one thing: How on earth am I going to compete with all the Nurses and EMTs who have yrs of job experience who are applying to be PAs too? There's a time limit on the course prereqs, and as my college loans mount (30k by grad), I'm reluctant to take a 2-yr Tech program after college and then have to spend a couple years in that in order to have decent job experience. Maybe some of my courses tie into a certification program, I'm not sure. Please, does anyone have any idea where I can start in terms of direct patient care exp? I'd really appreciate any help!

Asked By: Laura R - 6/8/2007
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First--spell it right or someone will not be happy at your interview--its Physicians Assistant (plural not possessive). There are PA programs (more & more) which take candidates with out experience, straight out of school. They look at your grades, how you interview as well. A few quick ways for some experience... More
Answered By: Diane A - 6/9/2007
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Well the Volunteer work will definately work in your favor. Have you thought about medical assistant or nursing assistant? The nursing assistant is highly favored.
Answered By: Greg - 6/8/2007
 
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