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  1. Best of luck to those applying! I'm a current second year student here. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!
  2. I'm in clinicals now. At the moment, rotations through my school are tentatively continuing as planned, but we are getting updates daily. Our current guidelines tells us that if we are sick/have known contacts with COVID-19, then to self-quarantine (obviously). Otherwise, we are not allowed to participate in the direct care of known or suspected COVID-19 patients, and not allowed to rotate at facilities that cannot offer us appropriate PPE/cannot abide by CDC guidelines, or are operating in "crisis mode." A nearby healthcare system we are not affiliated with just suspended all their rotations, so I'm afraid it's going to hit our local system next...
  3. I would wait! The program will make you one and it will include students from the class above you so you can get news/updates/answers to your questions straight from the source. Also, there is another interview day happening in January, so the class is not full yet. It may be a few months before the Facebook page gets created.
  4. All depends on what kind of students/class the school is looking for that year. And honestly, I think some of their decisions end up kinda arbitrary. For example, it took me a couple rounds to get an acceptance. My first cycle I received an interview at Duke and was waitlisted. The next year, I reapplied to them with an even better resume, yet I didn't even receive an interview invite. It made no sense to me at all, considering I was nearly an accepted student the year prior, but ultimately it didn't matter. I was accepted at a different school that was a much better fit for me and I'm happy where I am. Basically, don't overthink it. Like you said, the rankings mean very little. Value the interviews you've been offered.
  5. I thought I could make it through school with my nearly 7 year old laptop. Turns out I was mistaken and I had to scramble to buy a new one after it completely gave up and died in the middle of a week of tests. I was lucky enough that my tax refund was unexpectedly high and I'd received it the week before, so that expense was "covered." (Do yourself a favor and buy an external hard drive too. I thankfully didn't lose everything, thanks to that.) We also made and bought class shirts, crowdfunded a couple gifts for specific faculty, personally fundraised for a few charities, and had opportunities to pay a few bucks for things like Casual Fridays or group events we put together. Small stuff, but things I didn't exactly "plan" for. Also, now that I'm transitioning to clinical year, certain things in my program changed and now we have added expenses of additional drug screenings, background checks, and potentially fingerprinting if we do a rotation at the VA.
  6. I'm a current student here. We do have a 3D table, but I can't imagine you could get through our anatomy course by only using that. Dissection is a huge part of anatomy for us: we are in the cadaver lab 2 hours a week, every week, for the first 3 semesters. Also, in our program, PA students do ALL the cadaver dissecting. Every lab practical is conducted directly on the bodies too, so I don't know how that would be modified either. Best of luck in finding a program that suits your needs! Looks like there are options out there, I just didn't want you to get misled.
  7. Hi there! I'm a current student, about to finish my first year next week! Congrats on your interview! Here's some personal insight into the merger. We are no longer Jefferson, but now more or less a satellite campus of Radford, and our new name is "Radford University Carilion (RUC)" for our location. I wouldn't call it a "new" program, because nothing is really changing in our established program besides the name. Location, faculty, classes, rotations/clinicals, accreditation, etc are not being altered. Yes, there have been a few minor bumps in the merger, and probably will be a couple more as they iron out everything, but our program director is amazing and is working extremely hard to make sure everything is going as smoothly as possible. Since we are basically a private program that got absorbed into a public university, the tuition is essentially just staying put right now (no difference on in state/out of state, at present). The financial aid numbers/application process got a little wonky for current students with the merger because both schools did financial aid differently, but they are working on getting it corrected/teaching us the new system. Any other issues were basically just some delay in getting our Radford accounts set up, but that's been fixed. I'm not aware of any major issues, and I really do think our program has been pretty transparent about everything. I trust our faculty, so I'm not really worried about much. As always, anyone is free to contact me! I'm helping out with some of the interviews in September, so I might get to meet some of you guys! I'm also a student mentor for the incoming class, so if any members of the class of 2021 are lurking, I'll be meeting you soon too!
  8. Jefferson College of Health Sciences (a private college in VA) was just officially merged with Radford University (public college), effective July 10, 2019. The Jefferson campus is now essentially a satellite campus of Radford University and has been named Radford University Carilion (RUC). The PA program has not changed locations, accreditation, faculty, etc., but has essentially just been renamed in the merger. Radford University Carilion PA Program New website: https://www.radford.edu/content/grad/home/academics/graduate-programs/pa.html
  9. ASK FOR HELP. I know it's hard, but anxiety can quickly spiral out of control. Your school should offer therapy services, which are often free. Many of my current classmates are utilizing these services and there is no judgement for it. Reach out to your friends, family, whatever support system you have as well. PA school is hard for everyone, in many ways, and we all need a little help. You are not alone. Even though our schedules are tight, there's time for therapy if you need it. Many of my friend's appointments are during lunch hours or before/after class on "lighter" days. I feel really strongly about this because in my second month of PA school, we had a classmate struggling with depression (unbeknownst to us) who took her own life. Our class was not prepared for that loss in the slightest, but we relied on each other, got closer, and have been working through our stresses together. Overall, it does get better! I'm in my second semester and I've finally (mostly) figured out how to handle the stresses of PA school, including tackling unrelated stressors I didn't even first realize I had, like maintaining a complete budget for the first time. I had some serious Imposter Syndrome my first semester too, but after realizing pretty much everyone else felt the same way, it was so much easier. Give it time on getting comfortable with your classmates. Every program's environment is different, but mine is very open and we are all at a point that we goof off regularly and have a good time, while still maintaining the "professionalism" when we need to. Be yourself. You'll find your group of friends over time. I found a few really great friends in the program that I am super close to now, and we help each other get through both our great days and our rough ones. Best of luck. Get some help. You can do this!
  10. Hey guys. The school will make one! I spoke with our class president and things are in motion to make one right now. It's been a busy month of tests for us, so hang tight and we will get you added soon!
  11. This is the most recent guide from the company that conducts the test. I used an older version when I took it several years ago in NC. It spells out each step as it needs to be done. Careful of the bolded steps, those are especially important to do "by the book", even when it may not be done quite like that in real life. Hunt around online to find reviews of the different testing sites. Some are notoriously easier graders than others. https://home.pearsonvue.com/getattachment/856d1d81-6619-4772-8cbe-cf48f491c10a/North Carolina Nurse Aide I Candidate Handbook-073400.aspx
  12. Congrats to everyone who got accepted!! If you decide to join our lovely school, enjoy the 10 month wait you now have. ? To those of you made the waitlist, don't despair! There are several people in my class who were originally on the waitlist and still made it in.
  13. Best of luck to those interviewing this Friday (and beyond!)! I'm a first year. I'll be helping out with the September 28th interview, so I might get to meet some of you!
  14. I mean this with all the love, but get used to waiting lol. Thankfully I am doing my last waiting game...my program starts in just over two months! Here's my own experience and advice. Don't check your email every ten seconds. Work hard at your job. Earn that money for when you can't work during school. Prepare for interviews and know your motivations for school. After interviews, have fun and stay focused beyond the wait. Schools work on their own timelines. I had one school interview me in August and wait until freaking MARCH to let me know I was waitlisted. It's frustrating but agonizing over the wait didn't make my answers come faster. I technically applied 3 times before finally getting in. (I don't really count the first round because I applied to exactly 2 schools and barely met minimum requirements. It was a waste of money.) The second round, I got interviews at three schools and ended up being waitlisted at all of them. No spot opened up for me and it was crushing. However, those rejections ended up being my motivators. It fueled my fire, focused my energy, and confirmed just how badly I wanted to be a PA. I found a different job to try somewhere new. Worked two jobs to get overtime every week. Secured excellent LORs. Spent endless times rewriting my personal statement until it finally felt right. The wait never gets better, but you feel better knowing you've done all you can. I got four interviews that time and finally snagged that acceptance. Basically, work on yourself and your application until you feel confident in yourself. It shines through at interviews and serves you well for reapplying if it doesn't go your way at first. I wish you all the best and hope that your wait turns into the happy wait...the wait from acceptance until matriculation.
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