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  1. Would love for mods to consider pinning this. There are very few exceptions (can't think of any off hand honestly) that would warrant personalized feedback on this question. I'll add: Read the accepted student stats thread. See who was accepted. Are you in line with those applicants?
  2. I think the bottom line is that it's a red flag. Why should a school take a chance on you when you've had multiple issues when they could admit a brand new student who has the potential to succeed without problems? This is where a lot of the 'stigma' comes from. Schools have so many applicants that they don't have to take the time to understand your history when they have thousands of others without the warning signs. Honestly if you have any chance at all it would likely be to the program that you left - because they know your story. Sure your story may be different than those who fail out (but you DID have to decelerate) but you are still going to have a tough time. No one is saying it's impossible, but with so many highly qualified applicants each cycle, you (i.e any dropped out/failed out/left PA school student) are a risk comparatively
  3. As an added FYI I sincerely doubt it's ethical (or at least very questionable) for a PA program faculty or someone associated with admissions to assist applicants in reviewing their PS. This is a mostly anonymous online forum...fairly unrealistic you'll find a professional PA floating around here looking to read personal statements. Better to ask people who know you personally, honestly. As they say, a failure to plan on your part does not constitute and emergency for me.
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    In state tuition

    Usually to qualify for in-state tuition you must A: reside in the state for at least 12 months (so you'll get that by being there the first year just make sure you are there a full 365 calendar days before your second year starts) and B: not maintain residence in another state. It's this second part that is tricky. It means moving. Registering your car. Changing your license. Not having an address somewhere else. Basically as long as you MOVE to FL you should be fine.
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    PCE Advice

    While CNA is widely accepted, I disagree that it is high quality PCE. You do need to be sure exercise physiologist will count, but if it does, definitely do that. Be unique and earn more money.
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    Prerequisite Coursework

    Pre-Reqs are required. If you haven't taken them or don't plan to take them, you're wasting your time and money by applying. You CAN have them in process or planned if you're actually planning to do that. Programs have thousands of applications. They won't waste their time by reviewing applications that don't meet all requirements (this includes age of pre-reqs, GPA, GRE, etc etc).
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    Volunteer at animal shelter

    As above, obviously counts as volunteer hours, absolutely list it especially if it's something you've done regularly/continuously. Definitely is not what programs mean when they say 'underserved communities/populations'.
  8. Keep in mind that 'non-rolling' admissions doesn't necessarily mean they wait until the deadline to review apps. Applying early to these programs is beneficial as well. Anecdotally, my program holds 1 out of 4 of their interview dates PRIOR to the deadline. And they are not rolling admission. Rolling admission just means they usually wait until all interviews are over to decide on applicants, doesn't mean they won't start evaluating and interviewing prior to deadline. FWIW I think applying 4-5 months earlier would be more beneficial than waiting to add hours to your app.
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    Lecom Apap Graduates

    When you add this information to the restrictions on specialties...it's a wonder anyone applies/attends. I'd rather jump through a few extra hoops and just attend a traditional med school, especially when 3 yr programs are popping up.
  10. Plenty of threads on this. Not hard.
  11. It's not common and frankly not likely. If your current program won't even work with you that's not encouraging. You'll have a very rough go of it. Even if you were able to withdraw when you wanted, you'd still have a lot of explaining to do. Only you can decide if it's worth the time and financial commitment to apply again knowing the odds are against you and pay for PA school a second time (if you happen to get a second chance).
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    Student loan debt

    It's a lot of debt and very well may be insurmountable. It's a reasonable estimate. I highly recommend going to studentloans.gov and use the repayment calculator. With that much debt your monthly payments on the standard plan are around $3000. If you make $100k/yr as a new grad (an average estimate) your take home pay is....around $8000 before taxes, more like $5000-5500/month after taxes. If $3k goes to loans, can you live on $2k? And save for retirement? Or support a family? Or save to buy a house? Or take vacations? OR any number of things adults do? It's hard to make extra payments when you owe that much. There are NOT a lot of ways to help pay for PA school. NHSC is very competitive. You can try to do something like PSLF but that's not guaranteed and forces you to take certain positions that qualify. You should VERY seriously consider this factor when deciding what to do.
  13. You need a masters degree at a minimum for genetics counseling. You need a nursing degree (or some kind of certification) for nursing. Probably need some kind of management degree (MBA, MHA) or at the very least management experience for admin. So if you're willing to go back to school, you've got options. Not sure what your B.S. is in (I'm assuming biology of some kind). If that's the case, the "best" options are research? Sales? That is to say, there aren't good options. With a generic B.S. you almost always need some other degree or training to land a decent career, at least in my experience. $70k is awfully lofty without further education at this point, and even with it.
  14. Grades average so retaking won't help your GPA as much as taking NEW courses and getting A's. The grades are also always going to be seen on your transcript so it's not like you can hide them. Take upper level science courses and get A's. As long as your grades meet minimum requirements.
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    Gap Year- what to do

    Work on bettering your app for a second cycle. If you don't get in, you might not find out until right before the next cycle which won't give you any time to improve at that point. It's better to operate under the assumption you won't get in and need to be improving your application. If you do get interviews, programs may ask what you're doing during the application cycle. A job that is patient care related will be much more impressive than waitressing. FWIW good PCE should be a paid position.
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