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About Caligal

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  1. Hey everyone, current student here! You can copy & paste your personal statement from CASPA for your statement of purpose and yes, you will have to cut some stuff out to meet the 4000 character requirement. As for the diversity statement, this is a chance for you to show admissions a more personal side of you, what made you who you are and how you got there, the challenges you overcame, and etc. Just build off on your personal statement and you’ll know where to start!
  2. Current student here, generally, you should have received the interview invite already, which is the same thing as the applicant visit day. You hear back in November if they want you to submit the supplemental application and this is after you have the interview. This was my experience last year.
  3. Hi, when does UC Davis start sending out interview invitations and rejection emails? Thank you!

    1. RachaelM

      From past applicants, it sounds like the end of September is when invites for the interview are sent out. Acceptance/rejection letters are sent out by November 30th. 

    2. Caligal

      End of September you should be hearing back for an interview, beginning of November you’ll hear back if they want you to submit a secondary application (not everyone who had the interview will be invited to turn in secondary application) and then end of December you’ll hear back with an acceptance or rejection. This is how it was for me last year.

  4. I had to list my CNA certification also, and I listed my school for the issuing organization.
  5. Just make sure the programs you are applying to isn’t on a rolling admissions basis, otherwise, that might be considered late. But, if it’s not, you should be fine. I know people who submitted right before the deadline and was still able to land interviews.
  6. That wouldn’t be considered PCE. You need to do something hands on, where you are taking care/assessing a patient. With patient transport, you are hands on somewhat, but you are not responsible for their medical care. Same with housekeeping. So that would probably go under HCE
  7. Did you shadow directly under a doctor or PA?
  8. Shouldn’t be an issue at all. I had to take some pre-reqs after I graduated and did it at a community college and didn’t transfer those classes to my university. Like the person above me said, online classes are more of a preference. I personally feel like I don’t learn much taking online classes. Also make sure the classes you need for PA school are okay with it being online.
  9. If anything, it is probably your gpa that will hold you back. Your other stats are pretty good. Different school prioritize different aspects of your application, some may focus on your gpa, others, your experience. I would explain in your personal statement about why you got the grades you did. A lot of programs have a minimum gpa of 3.0, and that is just the bare minimum, so explaining it in your application is something you should consider.
  10. If I were you, I would choose the degree where most of my pre-reqs could be fulfilled so you won’t have too many extra classes to take.
  11. I think I actually left the description part blank because I already described my job duties under the experience section on CASPA.
  12. Practice tests, practice tests and PRACTICE TESTS. I cannot stress that enough. Practice tests helped me immensely when I was studying for the GRE, I also used magoosh to study.
  13. I submitted my application in early July last year and still received interviews. You should be fine! But do keep a lookout for certain schools you are applying to because some may start in the summer and their deadline is a lot earlier than most programs.
  14. @Beata UCD does things a bit differently. You should be hearing back for an interview in late September. It’s only after the interview whether admissions will decide to take you to the next step, which would be to submit the supplemental application. You should hear back for the supplemental application in early November!
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