Also, do you know if there is a way to assess whether I lack the quantitative ability to actually succeed in handling the day-to-day responsibilities of being an AA?
The thing is, even if I can improve my application enough to make it past the interview and get accepted to AA school, I want to be absolutely sure that I possess the math skills necessary to function as an AA. I sure as hell don't want to kill anyone because I can't perform some kind of conversion or other calculation fast enough. That's what worries me... even if I go and work for 2 or 3 years as an RT or EMT, if I don't have the math skills it takes to be an AA, then I just don't have what it takes no matter how many years of healthcare experience I get.
I will be honest -- I tend to be slower with math calculations that most people seem to be. I usually have to stop what I'm doing and say, "Okay, so that number divides into that number this many times, and then you add the zeroes, and then..." and so on. More often than not, I do best when I write down my calculations. Is this a sign that I have absolutely no business being an AA? Would you posting examples of common calculations AA's have to frequently make on a day-to-day basis?