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  1. Just received my acceptance call. Best of luck to everyone!
  2. 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.
  3. Interviewing on 8/27 as well! This will also be my first MMI, so any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. Hi everyone, I'm currently an undergrad student finishing up my junior year. I've yet to finish taking all the pre-reqs, however, I have decided to retake a couple of classes, that I believe I could do so much better in, after I graduate. I doubt I'll be eligible for financial aid which means I'll be paying out of pocket. Do you guys think that retaking those courses at a community college would have a negative impact on my application? I know that some schools prefer for pre-reqs to be taken at a 4 yr institution, but I'd like some input from other pre-pa students. Thanks!
  9. Thanks everyone for your input! I registered for my summer classes today so we'll see how it goes, but hopefully all goes well. Thanks again!
  10. Hey everyone, I'm planning on taking A&P 1 over summer at a local community college since I wasn't able to get into a class for next fall at my school (the waitlist is huge Im sure). Initially, I wanted to take it at a university back at home, but the cost for a four credit hour class is more than I can afford. I'll be taking A&P 2 along with rest of my prerequisites at my university, but do you guys think that taking A&P 1 at a community college will have a negative impact on my application? I know this really depends on the program but I just want to know what you all think. Oh, and the only reason why I'm in a rush to take it is because it's a prerequisite for a handful of core courses within my major (If it weren't for that I'd be saving myself the stress and money). Thanks!
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