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  1. Think it comes down to personal preference. I know plenty of alumn and students in both programs who have both been satisfied. Had a really great class at WesternU where we all worked together and were all relatively close knit. I can't personally speak for LLU but have heard that the mandatory religious requirements associated with that school aren't overbearing.
  2. Graduated WesternU 2017. Currently doing temporary proctoring/instructing for physical exam/labs at SCUHS PA program. WesternU was really great when I attended it 5 years ago. Faculty has changed quite a bit since then so I think you'd get a better feel for the program talking to a recent alumn or current student. WesternU has a bigger class size so you should expect some independence in terms of figuring out answers for yourselves before 90+ students bombarding one professor with questions. I did not mind the independence and thought curriculum was solid. SCUHS is newer, but I have been impressed with the students' knowledge base and skills so far. Granted, I've only been with them for 3 weeks, but the PA students incorporate some of their classes with the chiropractic students so that they have a more versatile set of physical exam skills. They have been learning exactly what I learned at WesternU. All in all, I'd say with two equal programs, you should go with the cheaper option. If you prefer a smaller class size and feel you could use the extra guidance and help associated with a smaller group, go with SCUHS.
  3. Just wondered how WESTERN U is going and do you still really like the school? Any suggestions on how to study for interview?

  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Yes, I believe interviews will start around late September this year.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
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