How old were you when you graduated from Medical school?

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Sugarplum94

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Hey Everyone,
I need your advice/help, I am a non traditional pre-med student now, about to graduate from University soon. I was planning on pursuing further education after graduation, like a post bacc program to help my GPA, and fulfill my pre-medical requirements, but I need to be financially secured as well, while doing so. I am trying to find entry level fields in healthcare that will accept a B.A in Psychology and minor in Biology (if that helps). I know I might be asking for too much, but the thing is I want medical/clinical experience, so I won't have to shadow doctors for too long, volunteer at random places too much, etc. I am not saying I am not willing to do that, but I want to be able to earn money, pay for my bills, and loans, and continue to pursue my passion. So far there are only a limited jobs I know of like CNA, Phlebotomist, Pharm Tec, and EMT, but my state requires licensing and about 6 months (for most of them) to be trained in. I am limited on time, money and loans, so I really don't want to spend another 6 months at a small community college, and then continue to do my post bacc, I want to be able to work aright after I graduate and continue to get my science education done, and if I need to I might pick one of these jobs later when I have enough saved up or I truly need them. So does anyone know how a person with a Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Bio, can work in a health related field?
 

workaholic181

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Hey Everyone,
I need your advice/help, I am a non traditional pre-med student now, about to graduate from University soon. I was planning on pursuing further education after graduation, like a post bacc program to help my GPA, and fulfill my pre-medical requirements, but I need to be financially secured as well, while doing so. I am trying to find entry level fields in healthcare that will accept a B.A in Psychology and minor in Biology (if that helps). I know I might be asking for too much, but the thing is I want medical/clinical experience, so I won't have to shadow doctors for too long, volunteer at random places too much, etc. I am not saying I am not willing to do that, but I want to be able to earn money, pay for my bills, and loans, and continue to pursue my passion. So far there are only a limited jobs I know of like CNA, Phlebotomist, Pharm Tec, and EMT, but my state requires licensing and about 6 months (for most of them) to be trained in. I am limited on time, money and loans, so I really don't want to spend another 6 months at a small community college, and then continue to do my post bacc, I want to be able to work aright after I graduate and continue to get my science education done, and if I need to I might pick one of these jobs later when I have enough saved up or I truly need them. So does anyone know how a person with a Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Bio, can work in a health related field?
Yea you wont be able to secure a job in CNA, EMT etc without those licenses which obtaining could almost be counterproductive to your overall goal, as well as expensive.

I worked as a "Patient Care Associate" in radiology/ed and absolutely loved it. It required no prior training. Didn't pay great but was invaluable to me on this path. See if you can find positions similar to this.

I also now work as a medical scribe through one of the big national scribing corporations. Definitely a stressful and demanding job but also rewarding and informative about healthcare. These jobs are literally built for pre meds without the licensure required for most of the patient care jobs. They are extremely flexible with class schedules, etc.

So in short, look into untrained patient care positions and scribing. Be aware though that volunteering hours are going to be desired regardless of your time in a paid clinical setting. They actually really help your application.

Good luck OP!
 

Blanky

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Your BA in psychology isn't going to unlock any secret doors.
 
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Sugarplum94

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Your BA in psychology isn't going to unlock any secret doors.
Not really looking to unlock secret doors here hun' just trying to find a part time clinical based job while I continue my education. A BA in anything now days won't unlock a basic treasure forget a secret door.
 
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Blanky

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You are looking for a clinical based job. :/
 
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Sugarplum94

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You are looking for a clinical based job. :/
Yes I know, because I also know that's hard to find, which is why I even posted here, because what you all know I might not know and what you may not know I know. Like the post above you said that there are jobs that don't necessarily need training like the one they did, I didn't know about that, and a bachelorette in anything should get you at least something, even if it's really small.
 

workaholic181

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Yes I know, because I also know that's hard to find, which is why I even posted here, because what you all know I might not know and what you may not know I know. Like the post above you
Yes I know, because I also know that's hard to find, which is why I even posted here, because what you all know I might not know and what you may not know I know. Like the post above you said that there are jobs that don't necessarily need training like the one they did, I didn't know about that, and a bachelorette in anything should get you at least something, even if it's really small.
Scribing and untrained clinical positions (patient care assistant) are your best bet!
 
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Sugarplum94

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Thank you I will try to look in to that, I tried to get into scribe America but they are extremely competitive do you any other company like that?
 

workaholic181

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Thank you I will try to look in to that, I tried to get into scribe America but they are extremely competitive do you any other company like that?
PhysAssist is another.. a google search would probably yield more. Don't be discouraged if you aren't hired by one right away; they take months to process people sometimes.
 
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You could probably get a job as a Patient Care Assistant/Tech (whatever nomenclature they're currently using) on a psychiatric wing or at a stand alone psych facility. Depends on where you're living, but worth looking into an Indeed.com search. I'm an RN and have worked psych on a per diem basis my entire career, because most of these places are sadly desperate and there are always tons of hours for all clinical staff. I do not believe there are heavy requirements for the positions and they are plenty, plus they will appreciate your B.A. in psych (like Blanky says, you ain't gonna find many who will...).

Of course, you're limiting yourself to just the psych world which isn't the most well-rounded exposure, but it's definitely exposure and answers your question as to getting your foot in the door quickly. Hope this helps, good luck!
 
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Sugarplum94

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You could probably get a job as a Patient Care Assistant/Tech (whatever nomenclature they're currently using) on a psychiatric wing or at a stand alone psych facility. Depends on where you're living, but worth looking into an Indeed.com search. I'm an RN and have worked psych on a per diem basis my entire career, because most of these places are sadly desperate and there are always tons of hours for all clinical staff. I do not believe there are heavy requirements for the positions and they are plenty, plus they will appreciate your B.A. in psych (like Blanky says, you ain't gonna find many who will...).

Of course, you're limiting yourself to just the psych world which isn't the most well-rounded exposure, but it's definitely exposure and answers your question as to getting your foot in the door quickly. Hope this helps, good luck!
Thank you so much!! I also want to know, since you said I am limiting myself with psychology, are there any other recommendations you can give me?
 
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