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Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences - 2017 Admissions

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Newbie
Apr 19, 2017
6 posts
4 upvotes
Edmonton
fenicksai wrote:
May 16th, 2017 3:23 pm
For those who are interested in stepping into the applied health science career.

Do you know anything about "Pathologist Assistant" Program?

My Nurse friend recommended me to apply for this master's program next year as a replacement of Michener's competitive programs.

Any idea suggestions about this program?
I'm surprised your nurse friend knew about the PathAssist programs to be honest. Maybe he or she had a laboratory background but yes they are solid alternatives and similarly competitive to Michener programs entry full-time 24 month masters programs. It's a natural progression of education for those with MLS degrees and worth considering. The PA preceptors that have helped with my training have good things to say about the career at least and you can't argue with the employment stats. Without fully researching I know my UofA has a program plus Calgary, Manitoba and UofT have programs. In rural areas here they perform the autopsies for several communities with distance signoffs from pathologists so they have the autonomy that breeds job satisfaction. In the urban centers I observed they worked independently although with pathologists to consult a few times a day, receiving direction on how to approach analyzing large complex specimens both by eye and under microscopic sections. As far as I know, PAs don't report patient results from microscopic slides. Very small programs anywhere from 2 to 5 students accepted per year. The governing body for pathology labels them as physician extenders and they really do important work and are compensated as such. Please look up your own information per school. There's a difference between Pathology Scientist MSc, Pathologist Assistant MSc, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology MSc degrees even though they sound similar.

The work is interesting. I have my highlights from that those rotations with organs and specimens surgically removed from patients. I put my finger through a gun shot wound in an aorta, sawed through a 22 pound fibroid tumer to get the peach sized uterus, plus you see some of the famous teratomas (if you dare to google). Every MLS student gets a glimpse but the PAs and pathologists are the ones that deal with these controversial and undeniably messy things. There's a certain type of person the work attracts, I would think and it's definitely not for everyone.

There are currently other routes to PA positions that don't require the schooling such as MLT/MLS with years of experience but things are changing if not already switched over to the Msc program entry to practice unofficially. To work as a PA in the future I would almost certainly get the masters degree.
Newbie
Apr 19, 2017
6 posts
4 upvotes
Edmonton
14MLTgrad wrote:
May 15th, 2017 11:35 am
Ok so... most of those stats are not correct. As someone who actually WORKS as a MLT you aren't getting paid 30K a year.... Fulltime work you're looking at LEAST 50K and that would be with a pretty poor wage. Most places you'll be make mid 50's to start in Ontario, even more in Alberta/Sask (more 60-65K). I would say it is harder to make 100K as a Bench MLT but if you move into other positions within a hospital it's definitely possible (senior, charge, technical specialist).
I'm a fresh MLS grad and I fully endorse this. Finally an accurate view of the MLT field. Plus all this debate about money...Makes me glad the person spewing out salaries and career prospects for every career was denied at MMI. We don't want these people in our profession.
Newbie
May 10, 2017
23 posts
3 upvotes
oilywilly wrote:
May 17th, 2017 12:48 pm
I'm a fresh MLS grad and I fully endorse this. Finally an accurate view of the MLT field. Plus all this debate about money...Makes me glad the person spewing out salaries and career prospects for every career was denied at MMI. We don't want these people in our profession.
Agreed, our professions are about caring for sick and injured people not inflating our ego with money and fame. All grads of michener have the opportunity to make a very comfortable salary.
Newbie
May 9, 2017
14 posts
Does anyone know how much tuition is for Radiation therapy? I looked on their website and it isn't available.
Newbie
May 10, 2017
23 posts
3 upvotes
woof122 wrote: You can dress it up however you want, but salaries are important.
Lol why did you delete your post

Yes of course making money is important, I never said it wasn't. But it's northeast only thing that is important to everybody and it shouldn't be.
Newbie
May 10, 2017
23 posts
3 upvotes
woof122 wrote:
May 17th, 2017 3:27 pm
Lol damn. you guys are refreshing these pages non stop. I posted that for like 10secs haha.
Yea definitely not the only thing that is important.
It emails me when someone quotes me in this thread for some reason. That's the only way I could possibly know you even posted since it was deleted.
Newbie
Oct 21, 2014
58 posts
21 upvotes
Toronto, ON
zeebee9 wrote:
May 17th, 2017 3:32 pm
It emails me when someone quotes me in this thread for some reason. That's the only way I could possibly know you even posted since it was deleted.
Wow that's next level.
Newbie
Jan 23, 2016
34 posts
9 upvotes
Hamilton
Thanks oilywilly for your insight and info of this program. It is quite helpful.

I emailed some departments of medicine who have the "PA program" to get some stat info about the application process.

Nothing significant different from Michener or any other Medical related programs.

----strong GPA
----prerequisite courses
----interview (but not MMI, probably panel interview).

The most unpleasant news about PA program is that it is more competitive than Michener programs as you said before.

If Michener has an acceptance rate of 10%, PA program is certainly lower than that, saying, around 5%.

LOL
Jr. Member
Oct 28, 2015
104 posts
12 upvotes
Vancouver
fenicksai wrote:
May 17th, 2017 4:30 pm
Thanks oilywilly for your insight and info of this program. It is quite helpful.

I emailed some departments of medicine who have the "PA program" to get some stat info about the application process.

Nothing significant different from Michener or any other Medical related programs.

----strong GPA
----prerequisite courses
----interview (but not MMI, probably panel interview).

The most unpleasant news about PA program is that it is more competitive than Michener programs as you said before.

If Michener has an acceptance rate of 10%, PA program is certainly lower than that, saying, around 5%.

Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy Master programs are harder.
Newbie
May 9, 2017
6 posts
chaharr wrote:
May 17th, 2017 12:35 pm
Has anyone received an actual acceptance letter in the mail?
I called the office and said the letters got printed on Monday so it should be coming in.
Newbie
Apr 28, 2017
10 posts
I'm currently trying to decide between Chiropody and Respiratory therapy. There's been a lot info on here about chiropody, but any (constructive) advice for RT? :) Would be really helpful!!
Newbie
May 17, 2017
1 posts
2 upvotes
For anyone who received an offer for Rad Tech, what are your cGPAs?
I'm currently on the wait list. If I don't get an offer, I'm hoping to improve my marks to reapply next year.
It would be helpful if you guys could let me know!
Newbie
Jan 23, 2016
34 posts
9 upvotes
Hamilton
If you agree with my previous ranking about Michener only programs.

Chiropody is better than RT.

Nowadays most RT graduates are doing 2 part-time jobs and on average they spend 5 years to secure a full time job in hospital.

But the pay for RT is still good, say around $60000
Newbie
Apr 28, 2017
10 posts
fenicksai wrote:
May 18th, 2017 4:27 pm
If you agree with my previous ranking about Michener only programs.

Chiropody is better than RT.

Nowadays most RT graduates are doing 2 part-time jobs and on average they spend 5 years to secure a full time job in hospital.

But the pay for RT is still good, say around $60000
I don't necessarily disagree, mostly because I don't know much about the other fields you mentioned in the list aside from very general information so I can't be the best judge. I'm still trying to gain info on chiropody as well. I volunteer in an ER at a Mississauga hospital and I was able to sit down and chat with and RT yesterday and she was very helpful in the information she gave. She said she's been in the field since the late 80's and the demand for RT's then was much higher. However she said even though there was a lull in full time jobs for RT in the past years, recent graduates who had placements at that hospital in the past 2 years (around 3-4 RT's each) all got full time jobs. It was her opinion that because many people in the RT field will be retiring in the next few years, jobs will become open. But then again the same can be said for any field. She seems very experienced and as if she enjoyed her job very much. Of course, I've also read similar things to what you have mentioned, about recent grads getting part time jobs mostly and I also find fewer hits for RT job postings through a simple google search than chiropody. From speaking to an RT I am much more inclined towards the duties an RT at a hospital has vs. Chiropody (I have yet to speak to a chiropodist but I am hoping to soon as well) but having a secure job is also important. Not so much pay (though it is a factor), but definitely job security. I guess in the end there's a lot to be considered!
Newbie
Apr 24, 2017
10 posts
1 upvote
I am an internationally educated domestic applicant. I did my credential assessment using World Education Service (WES) as required by Michener. According to WES assessment my CGPA is 4.00 in the scale of 4.00. I wonder if Michener would consider this GPA as equal to a credential of 4.00 completed in Canada or they would consider this in a different way (as my degree is not from Canada). Anyone can please shade some light on this ? Currently, I am in waiting list in all three programs I applied for.

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