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  1. I got an interview invite this morning. I’ll be attending the March 8th one at 9am!
  2. I received the same exact email! I am assuming from other posts that we can just disregard this email.
  3. I submitted my application early July and still waiting to hear back! I’m assuming we will be getting an email for interviews?
  4. I just got my secondary application invite today as well!!! Omg I am SO happy!!! I interviewed on Oct 16.
  5. Hi everyone! I submitted my application on 7/8, got verified on 7/13 and got my supplemental on 9/17!! If you are still waiting, just have patience!
  6. Caligal

    Bombed my GRE

    So I took the GRE a little over a month ago and did pretty bad, I got a 146 on the verbal section and 144 on the quant section. I'm applying to 9 schools this cycle where 2 of them require the GRE and the rest don't but I'm still worried that when I report my score on CASPA, the other schools (those that don't require the GRE) will look at my scores and I won't be offered any interviews. I would say my stats are pretty good. I graduated with a 3.6 GPA and my science GPA is 3.8. I have abut 1,800 hours experience as a CNA working in a hospital. I shadowed a PA in the surgery department (about 150 hours) and I am currently shadowing an MD (about 100 hours so far).
  7. Hi everyone, I'm currently working on my CASPA and hope to submit it in the next week or so, I'm working in answering specific questions that each school requires and this one school, Marshal B. Ketchum is asking "Discuss the 3 most important priorities in your life and how they apply to your interest in our PA program". To be honest, I'm not sure how to answer this. Any tips would be great!
  8. I applied late August. Do you think that could have made a difference?
  9. Hello everyone, as the title indicates, I got rejected from PA school. It was my first year applying and there were 3 programs that I applied to and received 1 interview invite but was rejected from it. I can't help but be really devastated right now. I know I'm not the only one going through this and that I should have applied to more schools (I couldn't because I didn't have a lot of HCE during the time I applied). I feel as though my stats are good. My undergrad GPA is 3.5 and my science GPA is a 3.7. I have been working as a CNA in a hospital and have accrued about 1,500 hours already and I have shadowed a PA in the surgery department over a span of few months (about 60 hours total) and currently I am shadowing a physician, which I have been doing for 7 months now. I have not taken the GRE which also limited the schools that I could apply to but I am planning on taking the GRE for this cycle. Is there anything else I can do to increase my chances of getting in? Also, how can I better prepare for the interview? I bought a book to help me prepare when I interviewed this year but I think I just suck at interviews and get super nervous. Any tips would be helpful.
  10. Hello everyone! I have an interview coming up in a few weeks and I'm really excited but nervous at the same time! The dreaded question I know will most likely be asked is "Why do you want to be a PA?" I think I have a pretty good answer to this question, but I wanted to ask, would it be smart to include something in the lines of "I like that I wouldn't have to be in school for such a considerable amount of time.." The reason I ask is because I learned about the PA profession kind of late during my time in college (senior year to be exact). So would it be smart to explain that? Or should I just all together leave that part out? Thanks
  11. Hi everyone! I have an interview coming up in a few weeks and I'm super excited but nervous at the same time! I've answered a lot of practice questions and I even got Andrew Rodican's book, "How to ace the physician assistant school interview" and I feel as if I have good answers to most of the questions. I found one question online that kind of had me thinking and it was "if you could be anything besides a PA, what would you choose and why?" I'm not really sure how to answer this question. Any tips on how to would be great! Thanks!
  12. Hey everyone! I'm having a little bit of anxiety thinking about getting into the PA program. I really want to go to PA school but I feel like my stats aren't good enough. I graduated from past June with a bachelors in Biology, my overall GPA was 3.55. I'm still working on my pre-reqs ( I have 2 more left). My science GPA is a 4.0 at this point. I'm going to start the CNA program next month and start racking up my hours while finishing my pre-reqs. I have about ~50 of shadowing a PA. But I don't have any volunteering experience and I feel like this could potentially get me rejected from PA school. I found out about PA in my senior year of college so I hadn't really done anything, which I know is totally my fault. Do I still have a chance? I really want to apply next year hopefully after getting my hours. Any advice would help :)
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