I recieved a letter from the school today informing me that I was not selected for the LPN program that I wanted to attend. Needless to say I was disappointed, but not surprised since there were 273 applicants for a class with only 30 openings. The letter went on the say that I scored very high on my interview, and they would like for me to consider a 6 month course that they offer to become a Patient care associate, and for me to reapply for the LPN program next year. What exactly is a patient care associate? Is it basically the same as a CNA or MA? Or nowhere close to it? The letter said that the course trains you in phlebotomy, EKG's, unit clerk skills(?), and Nurse Technician certification. To the ones of you who have had training and experience, does this sound like a good step to take? Just want to make sure I don't jump into anything and waste my time when there are better options. Thanks for any advice or info!