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  1. I would suggest getting it done this summer. This may vary by state, but in my home state you must take a training course to be eligible for the certification exam. As far as I know, training courses can vary in length from 1 week to 12 weeks. You could always get your training plus certification over the summer and work PRN while you're in school. However, if you choose not to work during school I would recommend applying to jobs before graduation. This will allow you to have a job secured so that when you graduate you can jump right into working to start getting your experience and patient care hours. I highly doubt that waiting a year to look for jobs will affect your chances of being hired. Of course if it were to come up during an interview you should answer honestly to which I'm sure they would react positively to. I did the exact same thing that you're planning on doing. I got my certification the summer before senior year and chose not to work while I was in school as I wanted to dedicate all of my time and attention to school so I could raise my GPA. I started applying for jobs right after graduation in May, was hired at the end of June, and worked full time for a year and a half before applying to programs, and was accepted on my first attempt. As previously stated, I would recommend working PRN if you can while you're in school or applying for jobs early so you can start working as soon as you graduate. This will help you obtain more experience and hours. Good Luck!
  2. @Maxdevine00 Hi, I'd like to be added to the GroupMe as well!
  3. Gave up my spot for the 10/28 interview. Hope this opens up a spot for someone. Good luck!
  4. Just received my acceptance call. Best of luck to everyone!
  5. From my personal experience and what I've heard from others who've been accepted to and/or attended the PA program, Methodist really looks at the applicant as a whole. You have a good GRE score and a great amount of HCE and shadowing hours. I'd say your biggest weakness is your GPA, however, it still meets the program's minimum requirements. Also if your transcript shows an upward trend in your grades and if you did well on the prerequisites then your GPA might not be that big of an issue. With your stats and if your recommendations are excellent like you say, I would definitely apply. The worst that can happen is you don't get accepted, which in that case I would suggest retaking any prerequisites you did poorly in, take a couple of upper level science courses and do well in them, and do some volunteering if you haven't already done so. My application had its weaknesses, but I received an interview and was accepted, so you never really know unless you apply. Keep in mind that they do operate on rolling admissions so if you're interested in the program you should apply sooner than later.
  6. Interviewing on 8/27 as well! This will also be my first MMI, so any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated!
  7. Interviewing August 26th! I've read the interview includes an essay portion. This will be my first interview that requires a writing prompt. Any advice on what to expect? Allotted time? Topics surrounding current issues or ethical questions? Also, do interviewers tend to ask ethical, behavioral, situational, or more of the traditional types of questions? Any advice/tips are greatly appreciated!
  8. I know there is a preference for veterans. Website doesn't state there is a preference for NC residents, but UNC is a public institution so it's possible.
  9. I'm actually a BSPH student, so I've taken policy, epi, health education, and various other health courses. Since we're an undergrad program, we're under the Health Education and Health Promotion department and not Public Health like the grad students. It's just confusing because epidemiology, environmental health, public health, and health are all considered "other sciences, but health education classes are not. I wonder if they base it off of the course name itself. It looks like your ethics classes would be a non-science, but I'm not too sure about policy. If you haven't already, check this link out. It has a list of courses and what category they would fall under. Maybe you'll understand it better than me. https://portal.caspaonline.org/caspaHelpPages/frequently-asked-questions/academic-history/course-subjects/index.html
  10. Hello, This question may have been asked before, but does anyone know if most programs only look at the science gpa calculated by CASPA? Or do programs recalculate it based off of their required prerequisites only? I feel like this might vary from program to program considering some grade replace but I'm not so sure. Also, I am a public health studies major so several of my classes are HLTH classes, which according to CASPA would fall under science courses. However, Health Education is considered a non-science and my major is essentially Health Education and Health Promotion... Should I assume that they will be factored into the science gpa? I don't plan on applying until next year's cycle, but would like to know so I can attempt to calculate my gpa just to see where I stand. Thanks in advance!
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