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TIBTIB posted a topic in Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner DiscussionsHi I'm a U of M nursing student who's graduating next semester. I'm looking into PA program recently and found out the GPA cutoff are usually around 3.7-4.0/4.5.. I had 3.8 GPA before starting nursing and many of you already aware faculty of nursing does modified GPA where 95%+ is considered A+ ,85%+ is A and so on.. compared to 90+ as A+ in other faculties. After 4 years of that, my last 60 credits of GPA (unfortunately all from nursing faculty) dropped to 3.2.. I know they take other things into account like letter of recommendation and EC. I am doing my senior practicum in VGH day surgery unit soon and I already have over 800+ hours of direct patient care in long term care and acute hospital setting (from clinical rotations). Also I am planning to ask letters of recommendation from profs in nursing who directly supervised me during those clinical rotations. only thing that's bothering me is my GPA.. did anyone from nursing got into PA program? do you guys think I still have chance with 3.2 GPA? thank you in advance! + the only reason i'm not considering NP program is because U of M NP program requires 2 years of work experience as a RN.
Thatonestudent posted a topic in Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner DiscussionsHey, I have yet to see any threads asking this question so I thought I would bring it up. As a fair warning, i'm a Quebec student finishing high school, so I still have a while to think about the subject. As someone interested in health sciences, specifically medicine, there are indeniably far more opportunities and routes than before. Doctors aren't the only practitionners of medicine: NPs and PAs have expanded their scopes of practice and can suppliment a physician in certain cases. In the US it seems as though NPs can completely replace a primary care physician. However, in Canada scopes of practice are very different, especially in Quebec. So, what is the defining difference between the scope of practice of an NP and an MD, in Canada? For PAs it's quite simple; they practice under an MD. (At least from what I understand) I'm curious since i'll be choosing very soon what route i'll be taking. I lean towards medicine since becoming a specialist is what interests me. What roles exist for NPs in non primary care areas (Specifically things such as IM specialties and surgery) Do you think Canada will follow the US in integrating more expansive roles for NPs and PAs? Will PAs ever be integrated in all provinces or will the project be scraped? Thanks for any answers!
Mithrandir posted a topic in Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner DiscussionsHello, I am considering a career as a Nurse Practitioner and would like to hear from any and all NP's about their experience: Why did you choose to be an NP? Did you also apply to medical school? Are you happy with your career? Also, anything else you would like to add:) It seems like an amazing career:)
Okay, I realize this topic has its own board, but that board gets like no traffic at all. So I am a year into my second degree (nursing) and have come to realize that Med school just isn't going to happen for me. I'm not upset, or giving up, I just don't see myself doing that much more school or caring about it enough to survive it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I would definitely still like to be a health care provider though, and am enjoying my nursing classes (well most of them anyways:P). I am interested in applying to the PA or NP programs at UofT after I work for a couple years as an RN and get the required hours. I am looking to hear from ANY PA's, NP's or anyone who has worked with either about your opinion on the outlook of either job in Ontario or what those careers are like? I'm from a very small rural town in Northern Ontario if that helps at all?