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  1. As long as you have the minimum, any other classes you take after won’t hurt, unless you do bad in them. Take all the upper division classes your want, just get good grades. Classes and GPA are only one aspect of the selection process. You also want to make sure you have more than enough HCE, bomber LORs, and a outstanding personal statement. If and when you get an interview, you’ll need to practice interview type questions with friends and family. Good job on finishing undergrad. Best of luck to you during your PA journey
  2. PPP also has an app now. Similar ( but much lower in quality) to Rosh. Asks scenario type questions and tells you why answers are right and why the others are wrong. It’s still in its infancy but it has 8000 board type questions you can choose from
  3. No. You can get your pre-reqs from anywhere. You just have to make sure that the classes you are taking are at the proper level. You’re basic sciences will be okay at any college (community college or university) but for your upper division sciences, you typically need to take those at a 4yr institution d/t those usually being the only entities that offer them.
  4. Before dropping money on a masters program, try retaking some of those science classes you got below an A in. It might be cheaper for you. If you retake all those classes + some more upper division classes (post-Bacc) You might have a positive enough trend to have somewhat of a chance of getting an interview. Doing a Masters program will definitely help your application (assuming you do great in it), but if retaking those classes while showing a positive trend in your academic performance will gain you the same outcome ( getting into an interview) I'd first venture with the latter. If you have the money, do the Masters. If not, retake classes. On top of GPA, make sure you work on good HCE hours and good LORs.
  5. Don't let their WORDS get to you. They said you didn't make it this round. THEY DID NOT TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN NEVER BE A PA. Take some more classes to boost that cGPA and sGPA and make sure you get A's. Work and get more HCE. Next time around re-apply to those programs you got interviews from plus a lot more (the numbers game helps if you have the funds). They will see that you didn't quit and you have bettered yourself. Don't worry about age. We got a student in our cohort that is 50 and shes doing great. Application cycle opens back up in April, I think. Re-apply. Good luck.
  6. We do all of our PEs/skills/ and live pt interactions with the 1st and 2nd year DO students in our area so we get a lot of interaction with them. From what the DOs have seen and told us, we all go over the same Pathologies. They go WAAAAAAAAY more in depth with the A&P/histology and because of this they also have a more in depth knowledge of the Pharmacokinetics/dynamics of Pharmacologic treatments (PAs are taught the same drugs, but just not as in depth that a DO/MD know them). Where our education is similar, in terms of Pathologies, is in the evaluation and management. From getting a good HPI, forming/ruling out differentials, evaluating with the appropriate tests/tools, and forming a proper treatment plan, we were told that all of that is similar to what the DOs learn. PA school is death by power point for a lot of it. That's just the burden of the beast. If you develop good study habits, you should be alright. M-F I typically wake up at 6am. Get to the gym @ 7am. Work out will 745-8am. leave gym by 820am and IO'm in class from 9-4pm. A lot of the time we get out before 4pm. After class I take a couple hours off then study or organize notes for another couple hours. I'm usually in bed NLT 10pm. Weekends are high yield times for studying, but my no means do I study the WHOLE weekend. I'll typically spend 4-6 hours recalling things. I spend the rest of the hours of the day sleeping, hanging out, drinking with friends. You can still have a social life in PA school. Just don't forget what you're trying to achieve.
  7. Pick the one you will do the best in. You want to maintain a good gpa (assuming you already have a decent one). Whats your c/sGPA? If they are good enough, you might be better off using the money and time applying to more schools or working on PCE or getting good LORs.
  8. Have you considered re-applying to the program you withdrew from? from the sounds of it, they were understanding of your circumstance and even offered to defer enrollment. They still may have the same faculty so applying to a program that already knows you might be helpful. And you might be able to get away with only "auditing" your first semester if you re-applied to it. I was in a somewhat similar situation, I had to take a leave of absence after my first semester from my program. I didn't withdraw completely but was offered to come back and start with the next cohort. I had to "Audit" the semester that I had already completed so that the information was fresh in my mind after take a leave of absence (basically sit in class but not take any tests because I had already passed all the exams. Also I didn't have to pay tuition for auditing). Grading and paying tuition didn't start for me come my second semester with the next cohort. I'd say you have a good shot regardless. Best.
  9. Lots of people don't get in their first time around. Don't put yourself down. You may get an interview closer to the actual interview dates. Lots of my classmates were offered interviews 1-2 weeks prior to the actual interview. It's natural to think the worst in stressful situations. just relax, enjoy life. If you don't get in this round, work on that sGPA and reapply next cycle.
  10. That's a tough call. The way I see it, that's an upward trend. I'd say go ahead and apply. If you don't get in, tha take those 2 classes then reapply. If you do apply, work on a good personal statement and get good LORs.
  11. Any Texas veterans utilize this benefit? What was the process liken at the institution level (after already being qualified)? and what degree did you utilize it for? I'm currently in PA school in WA and was thinking of moving back to TX after graduation as an option. I registered for it years ago during undergrad and when I was hoping to get into a PA program in TX. Just wanna hear 1st hand experience with it. If I do move back, I think it would be cool to get a Geology degree part time. I mean, if its free-ish, why not? Any info helps. Thanks! for those that don't know what the Hazlewood Act is: https://www.tvc.texas.gov/education/hazlewood-act/
  12. Look into IPAP and see if you're eligible. If not than get out. Re/take pre-reqs as needed using Ch. 33. Apply to PA programs. Enlisting for another 2 years won't benefit you much. Programs are now taking younger grads with only scribe experience so extending an extra 2 years just to get your 5 won't be that helpful. You should have more than enough PCE. Work on cGPA and sGPA when you get out.
  13. Yes. He was Active Duty. Don’t know if there are coast guard reserve PAs.
  14. What are your current stats as of today after re/taking any classes after you graduated and how many hours of HCE do you currently have? You’ll get more responses if you can provide current stats.
  15. Which branch? If Army, Call a medical recruiter in your area. Not a regular recruiter, a medical recruiter. You can go to the Army website look up their number or email. Or you can google it. They can answer your questions
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