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  1. Just wondered how WESTERN U is going and do you still really like the school? Any suggestions on how to study for interview?

  2. Interviews are far from being over. WesternU just began implementing these early interview sessions starting last year. There is typically only 1-2 interview sessions per month for September - November. Then, the vast majority of interviews will be sent out December - late February/early March-ish. There is still plenty of time so hang tight! This is definitely an anxiety-ridden process, but it is still very early in the game for WesternU. Furthermore, WesternU's admissions process is still non-rolling, which means that it doesn't matter whether you interview in September or February. 90% of the seats will be determined at the same time (mid-to-late March). I feel like WesternU's admission process is especially nerve-racking because it takes such a long time to receive updates/responses. However, no news is good news. Continue to be patient! We have all been through what you guys are experiencing. I'll be crossing my fingers for you guys!
  3. You have a solid plan in place, and you seem very determined. It'll take some years of hard work, but you have the capability to do it. I was in a similar boat; I had a 2.6 GPA that I rose to 3.3 overall (3.6 with grade forgiveness) and was accepted into my first-choice school in my first application cycle. PA programs definitely appreciate the upward trend of grades. From here on out, you should continue to aim for nothing but straight A's. Your biggest hindrance right now is the auto-rejection that some programs have if your GPA is below 3.0. Your short-term goal should be to overcome this 3.0 hump, and your long-term academic goal should be to hit around a 3.2-3.3 if possible. By this point, you should have plenty of hours as an EMT-B to offset your slightly lower GPA. Certain schools like to separate your GPA into cumulative, science, and prerequiste categories. If you want to be strategic, retake classes that will boost your GPA in multiple categories. For example, if you got a C in general chemistry, retaking that and getting an A would boost your GPA in all 3 categories since gen chem is a prerequisite science course for most schools. It'll probably take 2-3 years of consistent grades to get to where you want to be, but if you set your mind to it, you can achieve it. From your post alone, I can sense your desire to accomplish all of these goals. Good luck!
  4. OneDayPA-C posted some solid advice. Generally on your application, the GRE doesn't hold as strong of a weight compared to GPA and patient care experience. Most schools just require the GRE to see that your standardized test-taking is more or less comparable to your GPA. A GRE score of >300 is typically sufficient for most schools. Your GPA and patient care experience hx are both very strong so as long as you hit the minimum GRE requirement for the programs you have applied to, you are on the right track.
  5. I absolutely second this. Like ms210 said, even though WesternU has begun to send out interview invites early in recent years, the majority of interviewees still won't hear back until March. I was the applicant that constantly lurked the forums because I was anxious, and it was not fun times, haha. Feel free to shoot me a message as well if you have any concerns. WesternU's class size is large, but that just makes the support system among the students even greater and bigger. Don't hesitate to approach any of us.
  6. Hey, PSPA1012! I'm a fresh PA grad (just passed the PANCE 2 weeks ago!). I'm not from NY, but I can tell you that in California, I applied to hospitals before graduating. I went through interviews and accepted a tentative offer in EM, given that I graduate and pass the PANCE in time. Hospital credentialing can take a while so I was able to review some of the initial documents with the tentative offer so that when I eventually did go through credentialing, the process would be quick and smooth. I'll be starting my job in ~1 month. I hope a similar scenario can work out with you in NY.
  7. Yes, I believe interviews will start around late September this year.
  8. What's up, guys! Good luck to all of you working on apps for this year. I'm a 2017 alumni of WesternU, and for my year, they did not start interviewing until January and beyond. However, last year, they definitely did start a few interviews starting from September. It seems like the program plans on sending out interviews sooner than later like they did last year. As more information is found out, I am sure that current students can give more accurate information within the next few weeks.
  9. Hey! I'm a recent 2017 alumni of WesternU. I'd say that your GPA and patient care hours are definitely solid for WesternU. I wouldn't sweat it too much over your community service hours. Though community service hours are important for any application, I think that your situation is unique, and your other stats are solid for the program. However, I wanted to get some clarification on your current situation right now. Were you hoping to get into WesternU for a seat that starts at the same time as Midwestern, or were you planning on potentially giving up your seat at Midwestern for a seat at WesternU for the following year?
  10. NimbleMind summed it up well. I'm a second-year PA student at WesternU officially about to be done in....5 days! I cannot speak of Midwestern because I don't know of anybody directly from that program who can give me accurate information, but I can speak plenty about WesternU. It has one of the biggest PA classes in California, if not the nation. With 97 other classmates, the professors don't have the capacity or time to be present for each student as they would in programs with smaller class sizes. If you are fine with self-studying to really get the information down for some of the classes, then you will be just fine at WesternU. I've seen that US World News and Report ranking, but I'm not sure exactly how they rate schools. And like NimbleMind said, there was a lot of class collaboration and support that helped tremendously. I'd say the class bond is one of WesternU PA program's strongest aspects. Knowledge-wise, about 15-20 of us recently went to the 5-day CME Resources review course for the PANCE. We all did well on the mock questions, and there wasn't really any information from the review course that we were not taught at WesternU. Overall, I'd say if you are local to SoCal and you want a solid school to learn at close to home, WesternU is a strong pick; it was actually the only school that I applied to. If you are out of state or not really local to the area and you have been accepted to multiple schools, do some more research, and see in which program you fit best.
  11. If you really cannot find a job that provides HCE without certification, you can try to see if any EMT programs around your area offer a speed course. I am from SoCal, and UCLA offered a 3-week EMT course that I decided to take in the middle of summer instead of summer school. I passed the NREMT the week after the EMT course ended, got hired soon after, and worked my first shift on a rig before the summer was over.
  12. My school did not provide ACLS certification as part of the curriculum either. I collaborated with my class to bring an ACLS instructor to our school with the equipment to teach us, and he gave us a pretty hefty ~40% discount. You should communicate with your class too and see if you can get a similar discount with an instructor near your area!
  13. midoritori2013, I am just about done w/ my first year of PA school, and I definitely consider this the hardest academic year of my life. With that being said, it's very doable, and I found that I had a lot more free time than I thought I'd have based off of the responses that I've read on this forum before starting PA school. I disciplined myself to study some material every day, and I prioritized my time for each week; I was able to see my girlfriend a few times a week and hang out with my friends over the weekends. Though I don't have any personal stories about handling PA school and a family, several of my classmates are parents (with kids in elementary school) that are handling the coursework just fine. One of my classmates even gave birth during the middle of the year, and she is doing as well as everyone else. If you're in no rush to go through PA school, maybe it would be best to wait until your kids are out of elementary school, but if you want to start PA school now, many people have been able to get through it with children. You definitely won't have as much time with your children as you're used to, but you should still be able to be there for them and spend some quality time with them. Rotations are starting in a few weeks for us, and that may be a completely different story, but from my experience, first year is manageable with extra time for other responsibilities. Best, PrheePA
  14. Hey! Current WesternU PA-S here. Your GPA is definitely very competitive for the SoCal schools. Like others have stated, if you don't have much HCE hours, that should be one of your highest priorities. The HCE requirements vary widely among the SoCal schools from WesternU (where HCE is "recommended") to USC/Loma Linda where they require at least 1000-2000 hours. There are some solid EMT programs in SoCal that allow you to go through the entire thing in 4-5 weeks (like UCLA's program). That's the one I did to land a job as a ER tech to rack up the hours. If you dedicate a year's worth of time mostly to HCE, you should easily be able to hit the ~2000 hour mark. With that, you'd have a nice solid foundation for most of the SoCal schools. Good luck!
  15. I think I have sent the class page link to everyone accepted thus far! If I missed you, please message me, and I will get you added to it as soon as I can!
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