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fflores98 last won the day on January 21 2017

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  1. Your demeanor is most likely the reason you did not get in. Nobody owes you an acceptance. There are dozens of other candidates who worked just as hard or harder and still did not get that call. What you have shown is immaturity to handle emotions and have childish outbreaks. Maybe you didn't consider that some who did get the call may have already accepted offers elsewhere and you might've been placed on the wait list. I hope this forum is watched by our admin and deduct from the information you revealed who you are so you never get an interview anywhere!
  2. I don't find it odd at all. I received a letter of recommendation from a PA who I deployed with in Iraq and knew very well what my duties were. He just needed to make his LOR reflect exactly what I was responsible for.
  3. Dude I was an army medic myself and I suggest waiting for next cycle. You're going to apply very late in the game when most of schools have started filling their ranks since probably August. You're going to be fighting for the last seats that are offered and with your stats they might not even look at your application. But if you wait until next cycle and apply EARLY you can have a decent chance. I applied by the Sept deadline and received many rejections. You waited this long why not another year where you can be part of the first applications sent off and have all seats available? Whatever you do, best of luck and keep us posted for future candidates who might be in your situation.
  4. Patient Care Experience Experiences in which you are directly responsible for a patient’s care; for example: prescribing medication, performing procedures, directing a course of treatment, working on patients as an active nurse or EMT, etc. Health Care Experience Both paid and unpaid work in the health or a health-related field where you are not directly responsible for a patient’s care; for example, filling prescriptions, performing clerical work, delivering patient food, cleaning patient rooms, working as a scribe or hospital volunteer, etc. Employment Paid work done outside of the health care field; for example: a retail or restaurant job. Shadowing Time spent officially following and observing a health care professional at work, preferably a physician assistant. Research Research projects completed preferably in addition to or outside of regular classroom work. Volunteer Volunteer work done outside of the health care field; for example, working for Habitat for Humanity, tutoring students, participating in or working for a fundraiser walk or blood drive, etc. Definitely not PCE, I don't think it can be counted as HCE either. I would assume that it would go under research.
  5. I wouldn't worry in your situation. It's a B which I wouldn't consider bad at all, life happens and sometimes you can't help it. What you can help is now that you're pregnant... take it easy! You'll have unexpected days where you won't be feeling your best and possibly miss lectures. Taking accelerated credits or high course count can come back and bite you later on. Don't rush things because you feel time ticking. I would advise against taking anything more than 12 credits in your situation so you can realistically maintain a high GPA and be less stressed during your pregnancy. Don't bother retaking the class unless you have a C or lower. Save that money for application time, those fees (CASPA, secondary application, GRE, interview expenses) can really add up. Use that time to accrue PCE, volunteer or shadow. When I applied I had some C's and still managed to secure interviews and an acceptance. Stop worrying!
  6. With thousands of applicants a majority of the programs will not provide detailed feedback. They will just filter your app as Diggy mentioned and once they can, they will usually send a generic rejection email. Don't waste your time applying to programs if you do not have the required courses. With thousands of applicants programs can be very selective, you'll be pretty much donating your money.
  7. A quick check on their average class stats reveals that for the class that matriculated in 2015 had an average of 16-43 months of full time PCE. With only 1500-1800 that's well below a full year (12 months) which averages about 2080 hrs. You haven't taken the GRE, you're only a junior and don't have a definitive GPA yet, only an estimate based on the best case scenario. I would suggest to slow down and not rush this. Right now you don't have enough information to tell much. What I would suggest is to take the GRE and continue accruing PCE. Also consider taking a gap year to continue accruing PCE, maybe do some shadowing. When you apply to CASPA you want to make sure you're as competitive as you can. Applying can cost several hundreds if not thousands of dollars so you want to make sure you make it count.
  8. fflores98

    License Infraction

    I am from NJ and had a DUI with my license suspended prior to applying. It happened when I was in the service and came back from a year long deployment in Iraq. I made no excuses and disclosed anything that would potentially unravel later on in the application process. Did it cost me a few interviews? Probably. Was I interviewed and accepted? Yes. That being said during the interview this was the first question asked to me and how I moved on from there. I made sure I took accountability for my actions and let them know that I moved forward and matured. Upon acceptance I had to undergo a background check which came back clear. The only way a school will find out if you have had a DUI in New Jersey is by running your Motor Vehicle Record (MVR), which I don't know how many schools do. I probably could've gotten away with not listing it and received more interviews but personally, my integrity is worth more than that. EDIT: I am not a legal professional capable of providing any legal advice. Just sharing my personal experience. EDIT 2: This also happened several years prior to applying to any PA programs. Yours happened recently in 2015 so take that into consideration.
  9. Your GPA is good. However even those programs that have lower HCE requirements you will be competing with applicants with thousands of hours and competitive GPAs. If you want to test waters this cycle go for it but don't beat yourself up if you don't get invited for an interview. With that said, if you keep working on that HCE and score over the 50% mark on the GRE, next cycle should be no problem lining up interviews. Best of luck to you!
  10. Once you submit to the programs they have access to your application almost immediately. Keep in mind that there may be several hundreds if not thousands of applicants so wait it off. Some schools took months to get back others were pretty quick.
  11. From the info you provided, I would expect more rejections. IMO you aren't competitive based on the stats provided. Your sGPA and cGPA are borderline as in some programs a 3.2 cGPA is the minimum for your application to make it to the adcom. If you factor in the "not so good" GRE and no HCE you are lacking most of what programs are ask for. I would suggest finding a job where you can accrue quality HCE (EMT, CNA, MA come to mind) and retake the GRE (300 is usually the minimum). Only after that will you make it past the gatekeepers and be competitive for an interview. Keep in mind that you are competing against candidates who have thousands of HCE hours accrued with similar GPA to you, it will take a while but if it's your passion you will get there.
  12. Your GPA isn't where it needs to be now especially for some schools mentioned. I agree with the above, calculate your GPA and plan from there. If it isn't above a 3.0 you're going to be automatically rejected, application won't make it to adcom. Your best bet would be to contact programs that count the last 30-60 credits over your cGPA. Your GRE score is also good to where you may be able to secure interviews with these schools. I think you're definitely over reaching with some schools mentioned given your current situation.
  13. Don't tease me with a good time.
  14. I only have 28 days left of the post 9/11 and when I called the VA asking if they would cover anything the rep told me that even if i have a day left they will cover the rest of the semester so to pile up whatever I need. Just a heads up.
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